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Odisha Assembly adjourned twice amid ruckus

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly was adjourned twice today following uproar by the Opposition Congress members over deteriorating law and order situation in Odisha.

As soon as the House gathered with Question Hour, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra urged Speaker Pradip Amat to cancel the question hour and initiate discussion on rape on minor girls in Soro and Nilagiri in Balasore district while expressing grave concern over the deteriorating law and order situation.

Mishra said as the chief minister is in charge of the Home portfolio, let him give a clarification to this effect in the House.

However, the Speaker refused to initiate the discussion following which Congress legislators rushed to the well of the House shouting anti-government slogans while some of them tried to snatch the microphone from the Speakerís table.

Unable to run the House, the Speaker adjourned the House till 11.30 am.

The stormy atmosphere continued during zero hour as the Congress MLAs reiterated their demands for a discussion on the issue and urged the Speaker to direct the chief minister to furnish a reply in the House. As the Congress members did not relent, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 pm announcing that he will give a ruling on this matter in the evening.

Briefing media persons after the adjournment of the House, Mishra said that the crimes like brutal rape and murder of minor girls in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir has spread to Odisha like an epidemic.

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