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Congress boycotts Guv speech, stages walk out in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Governor Dr SC Jamir today made his address to the State Assembly on the last day of his tenure even as the main opposition Congress walked out of the House boycotting his speech.

Soon after he arrived, Jamir greeted all members of the House and began his address.

Even as the Governor began to speak, Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra was on his feet trying to raise some issues. However, the Governor did not pause.

Later, the Congress MLAs led by Mishra staged walk out in the Assembly protesting against Odisha Government's non-seriousness in solving burning issues of the State.

'Now, that the Union Government has already constituted a tribunal under ISRWDA-1956 to resolve the water sharing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The people of Odisha are assured of their due share of water from Mahanadi,' said the Governor.

The Budget Session will be held in two phases.

The first phase of the House will run till March 31. The second phase is schedule to start from April 11 and end on May 5.

Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera would present the annual budget for 2018-19 on March 23, which would be the last full budget before the next Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, scheduled in 2019.

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