House adjourned till 3 pm over Lokayukta issue, Speaker convenes all-party meet

Bhubaneswar: Unable to transact business for the third consecutive day with the opposition Congress and BJP creating impasse over the inordinate delay in appointment of Lokayukta in Odisha by the State Government, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat on Wednesday called for all-party meet to resolve the crisis.

The Speaker called for an all-party meeting after the opposition created ruckus for the second time today forcing him to adjourn the House till 3 pm.

As the House assembled to transact business at 10.30 am, the Congress and BJP MLAs requested the Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat to direct Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to clarify the reason behind the inordinate delay by the State Government in appointing Lokayukta in Odisha.

Holding banners with mentions about water, mining, chit fund scams and delay in appointment of Lokayukta, the members of the both the opposition parties rushed to the Well of the House and started sloganeering against the Government.

Despite the Speaker’s repeated requests to them to take their seats, the agitating MLAs did not listen forcing the former to adjourn the House till 11.30 am.

Again, when the House met at 11.30 am after the adjournment, same situation prevailed in the Assembly forcing Speaker Amat to adjourn the House till 3 pm.

Meanwhile, the Speaker has invited the Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, Parliament Affairs Minister Bikram Arukh, Government Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy, Opposition Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati, CPM MLA Laxman Munda and BJD Legislators Sanjay Dasburma and Mahesh Sahoo to hold a discussion for smooth conduct of the House.

The Odisha Assembly has been witnessing uproar over the over the delay in appointment of Lokayukta in State from the last two days.

Notably, the State Government boasted of having passed the State Lokayukta Act first in country. Odisha was the first State to pass the Lokayukta Bill in February 2014 for creation of an anti-corruption watchdog which was supposed to probe corruption charges against public functionaries including the Chief Minister.

The Odisha Lokayukta Bill received presidential assent in February, 2015.

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