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CM mum on queries in budget session

Bhubaneswar: Like past many sessions, chief minister Naveen Patnaik did not have to answer questions relating to his departments during question hour in the ongoing session of the assembly. The reason: the questioner MLAs invariably remained absent in the House when their names were called. In this session it was Anubhav Patnaik.

Anubhav, the Khandapada MLA, who was absent in the House saving the CM from giving a reply, had asked Naveen if the government was considering to open a police outpost at tourist spot Sidhamul-Gokulananda in his assembly segment.

Just like in the ongoing budget session, Naveen did not face the assembly question in the winter session too. The questioner lawmaker, Malkangiri MLA Manas Madkami, was absent when the speaker called his name. His question to the CM was about police stations facing shortage of malkhana (store rooms) to keep seized properties during trial of cases. BJD spokesperson Samir Ranjan Dash said whenever there is a question, the CM is ready with the answers. But what can he do if the questioners remain absent, Dash said.

Apart from the starred questions coming for discussion during question hours, several written questions posed to the CM had no answers in the ongoing session. Naveens staple reply was information is being collected to six questions listed the same day (March 21) relating to suicides, rapes, police atrocities and Maoist violence.

Source TOI

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