Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 21:
The Odisha Asembly was adjourned twice today as members from both the treasury and opposition benches traded charges against each other and created a din in the House.
As soon as the house assembled for the day, treasury bench members created noisy scenes accusing the BJP led government at the Centre of not having released a single paisa as assistance towards Cyclone Hudhud. They also raised the issue of the pending arrear dues on account of Cylone Phailin last year.
The moment Leader of the Opposition and Congress member from Balangir Narasingh Mishra stood up from his seat to request the speaker to suspend the Question Hour and take up the issue of the mega chit fund scam, treasury bench members shouted slogans against the Centre on Hudhud assistance and stalled the proceedings of the House.
The BJP and Congress members raised the issues of a minister using unparliamentary language against BJP member from Brajrajnagar Radharani Panda yesterday and chit fund scam forcing the speaker to adjourn the House till 11.30 AM.
When the House reassembled again at 11.30 AM, members from both sides created noisy scenes. While the treasury bench members shouted slogans against the Centre on the Hudhud assistance issue, BJP members raised the issue of use of derogatory language and threats issued by Agriculture minsiter Pradeep Maharathy against their member Radharani Panda.
The Brajrajnagar member climbed on to the Speaker’s table demanding action against Maharathy and then sat on a dharna inside the well of the House. The speaker has adjourned the House till 3 PM.
“The Chief Minister is scared of taking up the chit fund issue for discussion in the House. The ruling party members stormed the House in a well planned manner shouting slogans as soon as I rose from the seat to request the speaker for a discussion on the chit fund issue by suspending the Question Hour. Their intention was not to allow a discussion on the chit fund issue,” said Narasingh Mishra speaking to the media.
The Leader of the Opposition said yesterday’s incident of a minister outraging the modesty of a woman member of the House and issuing threats to herwais probably the first in thecountry’s history.
BJP Legislature Party leader Basant Kumar Panda said the issue of delay in payment of assistance to the state raised by the treasury bench members has nothing to do with the BJP party. It is a matter of Centre-State relations. “We want justice for Radharani Panda, who is on a dharna in the well of the Houset. The BJD people do not want a discussion on the chit fund issue as it will unmask their real faces,” Panda said.
BJD’s Mahanga MLA and party spokesperson Pratap Jena came out in defence of the act of the BJD members in the House today. He told reporters that the BJD had decided to raise the issue of Centre’s neglect on the issue of assistance for Hudhud at its legislature party meeting the day before the winter session began.
He said the chit fund issue was nothing new and had been discussed in detail in the last session of the Assembly. He said there is proper forum for discussing it and the opposition members are welcome to discuss it there.
On the issue of minister Maharathy making unparliamentary remarks against the BJP’s woman member Radharani Panda, he said it’s only an allegatio. “It is being investigated by the speaker and if Maharathy or whoever is found guilty, action will be taken against him,” he said.
Meanwhile, Union Tribal Affairs minister Jaul Oram met the BJP member Radharani Panda, who is on a dharna inside the Assembly and urged the Speaker to take action against Maharathy.
“The state government has clearly been rattled by the ongoing CBI inquiry and does not want any discussion on the issue,” he said.