Budget Session of Odisha Assembly begins on stormy note, adjourned till tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The Budget Session of the Odisha Assembly on Tuesday began on a story note with the opposition Congress creating ruckus over farmers’ issues and deteriorating law and order situation in the State forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House till Wednesday.

As the Governor Dr SC Jamir reached inside the Assembly after receiving guard of honour, he greeted the all members of the House and began his address on the last day of his tenure.

Even as the Governor began to speak, Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra was on his feet trying to raise some issues. However, the Governor did not pause.

Later, the Congress MLAs led by Mishra staged walk out in the Assembly protesting against Odisha Government’s non-seriousness in solving burning issues of the State.

“Governor’s speech was a rosy picture of the state which the ruling BJD government had tried to speak from the Governor’s speech. The speech was completely farce and baseless,” alleged Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati.

Later, when Speaker P K Amat allowed government chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy to speak on a motion of thanks on the Governor’s address, Bahinipati raised farmers’ issues again. The Congress legislators then rushed to the well of the House, sloganeering against the Government for being anti-farmer.

The Congress demanded justice for the farmers who are on hunger strike under the banner of Navanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) seeking price, pension and prestige. The opposition also tried to climb into the Speaker’s podium.

Unable to run the House, the Speaker adjourned the House for the next day.

The budget session will be held in two phases. The first phase of the House will run till March 31. The second phase is schedule to start from April 11 and end on May 5.

Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera would present the annual budget for 2018-19 on March 23, which would be the last full budget before the next Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, scheduled in 2019.

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