Lokayukta issue continues to rock Odisha Assembly, adjourned till 11.30 am

Bhubaneswar: Pandemonium over the delay in appointment of Lokayukta in the State continued to disrupt the proceedings in the State Assembly for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

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 posters and placards, 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.

“The Assembly had passed Odisha Lokayukta Bill in 2014 which got the President’s assent in 2015. However, the Government has been delaying the appointment of a Lokayukta. As the members have passed the Bill, what is the reason behind the delay,” said BJP MLA Pradip Purohit.

On Tuesday, proceedings in the Assembly were disrupted as opposition Congress and BJP members staged a dharna in the well forcing Speaker to adjourn the House thrice over the delay in appointment of Lokayukta in Odisha.

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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