Assembly adjourned for third time till 3 pm over ritual disruption at Shree Mandir

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly proceedings were disrupted on Tuesday following protests over the issue of delay in conduct of rituals at Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, with the House witnessing three adjournments.

Opposition parties like Congress and BJP resorted to sloganeering against the State Government and demanding action against concerned officials resulting in the repeated adjournments.

As soon as the House convened at 11.30 am after an adjournment earlier, Congress and BJP members trouped into the Well of the House and raised slogans against the State Government for its inefficiency in ensuring smooth conduct of the rituals at the 12th century shrine.

Unable to run the House, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House till 12.50 pm.

As the House met at 12.50 pm, the agitating opposition members continued with the agitation demanded a ruling from the Speaker. Despite the repeated requests of the Speaker, the opposition members did not relent forcing the former to suspend the proceedings till 3 pm.

Today, as the House met to transact the business for the day at 10.30 am, Opposition members trouped into the Well of the House and shouted slogans, “Jagannath mandirare niti bibhrat pain dayi kie, Naveen sarker aau lie?”

As they didn’t relent from sloganeering despite Speaker Pradeep Kumar Amat’s repeated requests, the latter adjourned the House at 10.31 am till 11.30 am.

Meanwhile, the Speaker called for an all-party meeting for smooth conduct of the House.

Notably, the Mahaprasad, prepared on Monday, remained unsold due to serious disruption in daily rituals of deities at the Jagannath temple. Even the deities had to stay in hungry and awake on Monday night due to the agitation of the servitors.

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