Odisha Assembly witnesses stormy beginning of winter session

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly’s winter session opened on a stormy note on Friday as slogan-shouting lawmakers from Opposition Congress and BJP stormed into the well and demanded cancellation of the question hour and discussion on farmers’ issue.

Soon after the House assembled for the first day of the winter session, the Leader of the House and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik moved the condolence motion for the departed members of the Assembly and martyred jawans and DD journalist Achyutananda Sahoo.

The Motion was supported by the Leader of Opposition and BJP legislature party chief.

The Assembly witnessed uproar, soon after the House expressed condolences to the departed  soul of former MLA from Kantabanji Prasana Pal, Assam Rifles jawan Champeswar Mahakud, Braja Mohan Behera, CRPF Jawan killed by the Maoists and ex-cameraman of Doordarshan Achyutananda Sahoo who was killed by naxals in Chhattisgarh,

Raising anti-government slogans, the Congress members created pandemonium in the well even as the Speaker tried to continue with the question hour. Only around a minute since the question hour began, the Speaker adjourned the House till 12.14 pm.

The Congress had moved an adjournment motion on farmers’ issue, which was also accpeted by the Speaker. The Agriculture Minister was supposed to reply during the time of discussion.

But, Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra demanded to discuss the issue first instead of question hour. Later, his party coleagus supported by BJP members created ruckus in the well over the issue.

“The farmers’ issue is very sensitive. So, we had demanded to discuss on their problem first. But speaker didn’t agree with us. The Government successfully foiled the farmers’ agitation thereby killing the democracy in broad day light,” Mishra said.

Echoing views, BJP’s Rabi Naik said “the government is so afraid of the farmers that it didn’t allow them to enter Bhubaneswar for a peaceful protest. It is clear that how far the government is keen on solving farmers’ issue,” he added.

On the other hand, BJD said the Congress is unnecessarily wasting time of the House. “It could get more time for discussion during adjournment motion. But in a bid to disturb the Assembly transaction, the Congress party stalled the proceedings. The people of Odisha would never forgive them,” BJD MLA Sameer Dash said.

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