Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 7:
The Maa Rama Devi University students’ detention controversy refuses to die down as the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Odisha Assembly today brought privilege motion against a minister over the issue in the House.
During the Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition and Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra brought privilege motion against Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh over his statement on the issue on the floor of the House on Saturday.
The LoP alleged that the minister’s statement in the House was incorrect and far from truth.
Speaker Niranjan Pujari, in his ruling said, the matter will be studied and decision will be taken after that.
“We had moved a privilege motion in the House today. As per the ruling of Speaker to issue a statement on the allegations of girl students being detained in a room during Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s visit to ‘Maa Rama Devi University’ campus on December 3, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister has placed his statement in the House. We expect the members to present their statements based on truth. In response to Speaker’s ruling, the minister said that no student was confined to a closed place. The media reports say it all. If the Parliamentary Affairs Minister would make such misleading statement then where is democracy?” Congress MLA Nabakishore Das said.
Reacting to this, BJD MLA Pratap Jena said: “It was alleged that the students were locked up in a room. They weren’t confined to a room. It was an open corridor and one side of the entry was locked. Some students were seen standing behind the grill door. The statement made by the minister was not incorrect.”
During a VVIP’s movement, the security personnel take several measures from security point of view. The college authorities and the police personnel had temporarily closed the corridor during the visit of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as a security measure, he added.
Notably, the controversy around the detention issue intensified further with BJD MLA Priyadarshi Mishra’s media statement drawing parallel between the college girls and the female human bomb that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The MLA from North Bhubaneswar put up a caveat saying he was referring to the security arrangements generally made for VVIPs.
“I am sorry if my words have hurt anyone,” Mishra said in his statement in the House on Saturday.