Odisha Session: House stalled, Adjourned Thrice for 3rd Day

Bhubaneswar, Nov 22: The proceedings in the Odisha Assembly continued to be disrupted for the third consecutive day after the opposition parties raised slogans holding posters in the House that followed the Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned thrice today.

When the House began for the day, the opposition members created ruckus over the alleged derogatory remarks made by agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy against Radharani Panda, a lone female MLA of BJP, during the session on Nov 20.

BJP legislator Panda continued to stage a dharna in front of the podium of Speaker demanding justice while her party colleagues raised slogans against the ruling party BJD appealing to the Speaker to address the issue.

Congress members demanded resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik over the chit fund scam, besides condemning the abusive language used against Radharani Panda by Maharathy in the House.

On the other hand, the treasury benches continued their demonstration against the alleged apathy of Centre in giving sufficient assistance to the state for the rehabilitation and restoration work in the areas affected by two cyclones: Hudhud and Phailin.

Despite the request of the Speaker to allow smooth run of the House, the opposition parties continued creating uproar following which Niranjan Pujari had to adjourn the House first till 11.30, then 12.30 pm and finally till 3 pm.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra held responsible the government and Speaker not to address the issues raised by the members. He said, "it is the responsibility of the government and the Speaker to  ensure the smooth running of the House. They must respect the views of opposition, but failed to do so".

Leader of the BJP Legislature Party Basanta Kunmar Panda slammed the government for not addressing the issue raised by his party colleague Radaharani Panda. He said that the government did not bother to even talk to her who is on a dharna for two days in the House after being abused by the minister. He described it as a "threat to democracy".

BJD member Samir Dash blamed the opposition for not allowing the House to run smoothly. He said that Speaker had said to take up the opposition demand after Question Hour was over, but they continued to disrupt the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Narasingha Mishra sought the intervention of CM Patnaik to end the logjam over the chit fund scam.

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