Odisha Legislative Council: BJD remains Firm on Formation of 5-Member Panel

Bhubaneswar, Jan 12: The deadlock over the proposed Legislative Council in Odisha still continues with the ruling BJD remained adamant on its stand to go ahead with the five-member committee to study the functioning of legislative assembly in other states, rejecting the opposition demands for an immediate all party meeting on this issue.

While the BJD said that the decision to form the committee was right by the government, opposition parties Congress and BJP slammed the government for not consulting with them in this regard.

Defending the government decision, BJD spokesperson Pratap Jena said, "The decision to form the five-member panel is right. The matter can be discussed in an all party meeting after the committee visits the states and submits its report on the formation of the Vidhan Parishad (Legislative Council) in Odisha".

However, BJP leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan said, "If the government cannot call the all party meeting, we would understand that this government does not believe in democracy. The ruling party should have consulted with all other parties before forming the committee. This is pointless to call the all party meeting after submitting the report".

On the other hand, Congress alleged the BJD of rehabilitating its members who lost the polls or hold no posts in the government if the legislative council is formed in Odisha. The party also said that the government should have consulted the leaders of all the political parties before forming a committee. But the government is in hurry to use their majority in the House to rehabilitate some of its defeated leaders.

It can be noted that both the BJP and Congress have rejected to be part of the committee that would study the functioning of the legislative council in other states and submit the report by the end of this month.

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