Seeking the attention of the members towards the vanishing fields of basmati rice in Jammu and Kashmir, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) legislator from RS Pura Gagan Bhagat on Wednesday said the "East India Company like rule" was responsible for the fast disappearing Basmati filed in the state.
Participating in the discussion on the demand of grants for Horticulture and Agriculture sectors the legislator said: "Nowadays it was the East India Company that has been deciding where to grow the Basmati rice in the State," said the MLA. RS Pura and its surrounding areas in Jammu are the main areas where the Basmati was being traditionally cultivated in the State.
"Our Basmati fields have vanished," said Bhagat.
He was interrupted by the Deputy Speaker Nazir Ahmad Gurezi who was in the chair asking the BJP member to explain whom he was referring to as the East India Company.
"Since nobody among the members knows who makes the decisions on where the Basmati should be grown, it is like East India Company rule," Bhagat responded as House broke into laughter.