Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 30:
While the Opposition has enough ammo in issues like drought situation, farmer suicides, irregularities in identification of beneficiaries for ration cards under NFSA, teachers problems and law and order to put the government on the mat with the winter session of the Odisha Assembly beginning tomorrow, the ruling BJD at its legislative party meeting today planned to counter the Opposition with its time-tested formula of Centre bashing.
The BJP legislature party which met on Sunday has chalked out strategies for the ensuing Assembly session. The party has decided to demand a white paper over the farmers’ suicides issue and the drought situation.
“This is one of the worst droughts in Odisha after 1965. Farmers continue to commit suicide. We are going to make drought and farmers’ suicide our main agenda in the assembly,” BJP lawmaker Pradeep Purohit had said.
The party’s legislators also decided to take up other important issues, including ration card distribution and irregularities in National Food Security Act (NFSA) enrolment, plight of various types of teachers and the law and order situation in the state.
Leader of opposition and senior Congress leader Narasingh Mishra has said the party would raise the farmers’ suicide and drought issues in the assembly and demand that the government make its stand clear over the deaths of farmers.
The ruling BJD, having 117 members out of 147 seats in the house on the other hand today decided to use its time-tested formula of attacking the Centre for its neglect of the state to counter the Opposition.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the ruling party will raise issues of Polavaram and cuts in Central assistance for irrigation projects.
“During this Assembly session we will take up a number of issues like the Central government giving virtually non-existent amounts for irrigation projects, on cutting down substantially for funding of many other projects and programmes and also other issues like Polavaram project,” Patnaik told reporters here after the meeting.
“The government will raise issues of Centre’s neglect of Odisha and reduction in Central grants in this session of the Assembly. The issue of payment of arrears with regard Phailin will be also raised during the session,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arrukh speaking to reporters.
“The government is prepared to discuss any issue concerning the state’s interests in the House,” he added.
The winter session of the Assembly this time has a total of 26 working days. The government has planned to pass five bills during this session. Those are- Odisha Industry Service Bill, Odisha Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, Odisha Municipal Service Bill, Birla Global University Bill and Odisha Professional Educational Institute Bill.