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Privilege notice moved against Speaker in Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar, Dec 05: Congress on Thursday moved a privilege notice notice against Speaker Niranjan Pujari in Odisha Assembly after an English Daily published a report against the Speaker for not allowing a debate on Chit Fund issue in the House.

Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra said that the opposition can not close its eyes and ears to what people write and talk about the functioning of the House. The news report published in "The Pioneer" indicated that how the Speaker rejected the demand for a debate on the chit fund issue in the House.

He said that the opposition brought the privilege notice on the basis of the report published in the newspaper that alleged the Speaker of being impartial in the House not to allow a discussion on the chit fund scam.

"He should not only be impartial, but should also appear to be impartial," Mishra observed while reading out the contents of the news report directed at the Speaker, adding, the role of the Speaker is important in the House.

Reacting to the article carried by "The Pioneer", Speaker Niranjan Pujari said that he had no comments on the article published in the English daily. But the privilege notice served by the Leader of the Opposition in the matter is under his consideration.

The ruling BJD welcomed the notice brought by the main opposition Congress. BJD spokesperson Samir Das as quoted by the Leader of the Opposition said that the report maligned the dignity of the Speaker chair as well as of the House.

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