Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 11:
Alleging dirty politics by the ruling BJD in the Polavaram issue, five Congress members resigned from the Odisha Assembly’s House Committee on Polavaram today.
Five Congress members Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Bhujabal Majhi, Kailash Chandra Kuleisika, Chandrasekhar Majhi and Krushna Chandra Sagaria submitted their resignations from the House Committee on Polavaram to Speaker Niranjan Pujari today.
“Naveen Babu didn’t take the House Committee into confidence. He didn’t take the Opposition into confidence neither has he taken the tribal people of undivided Koraput district into confidence. He has betrayed and backstabbed. Forced, we have submitted our resignation papers with the Speaker,” said Tara Prasad Bahinipati, opposition chief whip.
“In the House Committee meeting yesterday we had appealed to the Chief Minister to work taking everyone into confidence. But today they did the opposite, they betrayed us, they stalled the Assembly today over the Polavaram issue. Now we feel that they are not for the interest of the people of the state but for their own vested political interest. We resigned from the committee today. Let them work for their party’s interest we will work for the state’s interest,” said Bhujbal Majhi Congress MLA.
On the other hand, two BJP members of the House Committee have also boycotted the House Committee on Polavaram.
“The Biju Janata Dal didn’t take it up seriously in the High Court, or in the Central Water Commission or in the Supreme Court neither did it correctly present facts at the Central Empowered Committee. Now it has resorted to histrionics to fool the people of Odisha. The BJP will not be a party to such histrionics. The BJP does what it speaks. We are ready to accompany the all party House Committee to the appropriate forum. We will not join the House Committee till the Congress is out of it and the BJD indulges in histrionics. We boycott this House Committee,” said Basanta Panda, leader of BJP legislative party.