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Panel on Odisha Legislative Council to have First Meeting Today

Bhubaneswar, Jan 19: The first meeting of the 5-member committee formed by the Odisha government to study the functioning of legislative councils in other states will be held today even after the opposition parties both Congress and BJP refused to be part of its member.

Both the Congress and BJP made it clear that they will not attend the first meeting of the committee in which two members are from these parties.

Talking to media yesterday, Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Narasingh Mishra said that there was no value to call for the first meeting of the panel as this was not democratic.

Meanwhile, the leader of the BJP legislature party Basant Panda told in the same pitch. He said that no member from his party will attend the meeting. He said that there was no meaning to write a letter to members for the meeting as both the Congress and BJP have rejected the committee formed by the government.

According to both Congress and BJP, the process of forming the committee without discussing with the opposition parties was against the democracy.

However, the ruling BJD is hopeful that all the members of the committee will attend the meeting today.

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