Odisha Assembly adjourned after ruckus over rail wagon factory

The Odisha Assembly was adjourned till 3 p.m. on Monday following pandemonium over the proposed shifting of a rail wagon factory from Narla in Kalahandi district in the State to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

The issue was raised in the Assembly during zero hour by ruling BJD member Amar Prasad Satpathy who dubbed the decision as an instance of Centre’s negligence of the State.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of the Congress also condemned the Railways' decision of shifting the wagon factory from Narla to another State. He blamed Odisha MPs and alleged that the Lok Sabha members had not been able to mount pressure on the Centre due to which the Ministry of Railways could think of shifting the proposed rail wagon factory from the State.

Mr. Mishra urged Speaker Niranjan Pujari to allow a discussion on the matter after cancelling all other business in the House.

As Mr. Pujari moved to other business, angry Congress members rushed to the Well of the House and staged protest by attempting to climb the Speaker's podium. Unable to restore normalcy, Mr. Pujari adjourned the House till 3 p.m.

Ruling BJD member Samir Ranjan Dash also criticised the NDA government for the decision.

"The State government which supports the NDA only gets central assistance. As the BJD is not part of the NDA, the Centre decided to shift the factory from the State," Mr. Dash alleged.

BJP member Rabi Naik, speaking outside the House, said no such decision has so far been taken. This was the proposal of the Railway Board and the Ministry has not taken any decision. - PTI

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