Odisha Assembly adjourned for seventh straight day with no enterprise undertaken

For the seventh consecutive day, the Odisha Legislative Assembly was adjourned with no important enterprise undertaken within the House from its graduation day. On Wednesday, the House was adjourned twice inside 4 hours after impasse over numerous points between each the ruling Biju Janta Dal (BJD) and the BJP continued.

In the final seven days, the House witnessed protests, sloganeering, blocking of meeting gate, beating gongs and bells and sprinkling gangajal and cow dung for purification and the continued absence of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Both the BJP and the Congress has been demanding the ouster of Minister of Home for State Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged hyperlinks to the prime accused within the Mamita Meher homicide case.

“We are ready to discuss the issues in a democratic way, we have bills to be introduced, but the opposition has been resorting to theatrics and disturbing the decorum. How can we proceed with the sessions just by ourselves,” mentioned Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallik.

The opposition has additionally been irate over the absence of the CM, who has addressed the House over Mishra’s challenge by way of videoconferencing and warranted a free and honest probe within the matter. Patnaik additionally mentioned there was no proof in opposition to Mishra for his ouster from his publish and the occasion. The BJP, nonetheless, has despatched letters to the CM asking him to attend the meeting session in particular person and sack the minister.

“The CM had led the protests against the then government when a woman was raped in the city (1999 Anjana Mishra rape case), and the government eventually fell. Now, in the Kalahandi teacher’s murder case, he maintained a stoic silence and then has been shielding his own minister,” mentioned BJP Chief Whip in meeting Mohan Majhi.

Congress MLA Narasingha Mishra mentioned, “The CM has been in different districts for Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana smart card distribution programmes and hockey events, but not visited the assembly once after the pandemic.”

Responding to the pandemonium within the House and what actions he plans on taking, Speaker SN Patro mentioned, “The entire House has been unruly with no exceptions. What actions can I take? Despite convening all party meetings twice, there has been no end to it.”

The session is prone to be curtailed and adjourned sine die after December 10 when the House is scheduled to introduce the Appropriation Bill.

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