Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Swetaparna Mihanty
Bhubaneswar, Aug 18
The monsoon session of the Assembly scheduled to begin from August 20 is likely to be stormy with the Opposition parties deciding to corner the government on the twin issues of the chit fund scam and the fast deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
While the opposition parties Congress and BJP have decided to come all guns blazing to put the ruling party on the mat in the House, the treasury bench is also well-prepared to lock horns with the opposition by raising the apathy of Central government towards the state.
“The chit fund scam, in which several ruling party leaders including some ministers are involved, will be the main issue in the coming monsoon session. Besides, we will raise the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The death of the Mahakalpada girl, who was burnt to death, has exposed the total failure of the Naveen Patnaik government to maintain law and order in the state,” Bhupindar Singh, leader of the Opposition, told media persons on Sunday.
BJP legislature party leader Jayanarayan Mishra also echoed the same sentiments stating that the party would raise the issue of multi-crore chit fund scam besides the failure of the government to refund money to investors duped by sham companies. The party would also raise the farmers’ issue in a big way, he said.
However, the state government is ready with its strategy to counter the move of the Opposition while transacting business smoothly. “The state government has always been with the people of Odisha and has never discriminated against any scetion. It is the Centre, which is showing apathetic attitude towards the state. We are ready to face the Opposition in the house,” said Parliament Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das.
The government is expected to table several bills in this session as the 2014 elections are approaching.