Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 29:
Amidst chaos, walkouts and adjournments, the 11 day-long monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly came to an end today.
The House, after passing two bills in the absence of the Opposition members, was adjourned sine dine by Speaker Niranjan Pujari .
A total of nine bills including the Odisha Police Bill- 2015, Odisha Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill and Odisha Apartment Ownership (Amendment) Bill were passed in the House without any debate.
Apart from the bills, reports of four commissions of inquiry including the Bolangir student’s death and subsequent violence, police misbehaviour to judge in Rourkela, Champua firing were also tabled during the session. The House was able to discuss on only four adjournment motions in the entire session.
The Opposition staged a walkout in the House in protest after the amendments moved by them were not accepted by the government. While it was business as usual for the treasury bench, the opposition Congress members staged dharna under the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue inside the Assembly premises.
“The Chief Minister is suppressing everyone’s voice. While the state government is trying to suppress the voice of the people with the help of the police outside, it is doing the same to the opposition with the help of the Speaker inside the house. Let the people of Odisha judge them,” said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.
Countering the allegation of the Opposition leader, the BJD said the Opposition is trying to gain political mileages amidst chaos while sacrificing the interest of the state.
“We could have raised many important issues in the Assembly. This is not good for the democracy,” said BJD spokesperson Amar Satpathy.