Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 18:
The Question Hour and Zero Hour of the Odisha Assembly on the fourth day of its Budget Session was completely washed out due to repeated pandemonium by opposition Congress members over the issuing of summons to opposition chief whip Taraprasad Bahinpati by the police forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House till 3 PM.
With the start of the Question Hour Congress members rose from their seats creating noisy scenes rushed into the well of the House and attempted to climb on to the Speaker’s podium.
Anshuman Mohanty, Prakash Behera and other Congress members tried to pull down the Speaker’s microphone protesting against issue of summons to opposition chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati by the police in connection with the arrested former Congress MLA Ramesh Jena’s stay in his official quarters.
As pandemonium prevailed in the House Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House first till 12.05 PM and with no change in the situation on its resumption he again adjourned the House till 3PM.
“The way the police has served notice to Taraprasad Bahinipati you will all see its consequence in the forthcoming days. It’s most unfortunate the way the police is being utilized for intimidating,” said Prafulla Majhi Congress MLA from Talasara outside the House.
“The administration is doing its job. Till know we were inside the House. Still it’s not clear whether he has been served with summons and debate is on. There is no statement from the police on that. There is no need to keep the police under somebody’s pressure. Let this not be politicized and the police be allowed to do its work,” said Dibyashankar Mishra, MLA from Junagadh and BJD spokesperson.