Odisha Assembly adjourned Sine Die after Continuous Logjam


Bhubaneswar, Dec 06: The winter session of the Odisha Assembly was adjourned sine die ahead of schedule after continuous logjam for 14 days, with the Speaker accepting a motion moved by the government chief whip on Friday.

The motion was moved by the government chief whip Ananta Das and was passed amid boycott by opposition parties both Congress and BJP.

Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the house sine die. It was originally scheduled to end on Dec 20. The assembly sat for just 14 out of the 26 days of its winter session, during which a total of 8 bills were passed in the House.

Opposition parties and the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) blamed each other for continuous disruption of the proceedings in the house.

"The government is scared of running the house and discuss issues affecting the people. The sole purpose of the premature adjournment of the house is to wriggle out of a debate on the chit fund scam as the CBI has already reached to Naveen Nivas," Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra told the media, adding, "with the sine die, the government scripted a black spot in the history of Odisha sessions".

Accusing the BJD of running the house autocratically, BJP legislature party leader Basanta Panda said the ruling party was interested in passing legislations that would benefit them.

However, the BJD blamed the opposition for the entire mess.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "It is a pity that the members of opposition continuously disturbed the proceedings of the house when so many important issues regarding development and welfare of the people had to be discussed in the house".

With PTI inputs

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