Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 18:
Even as the opposition Congress and BJP have once again made it clear that they will not be attending the meeting, the committee formed by the Odisha government to study the functioning of legislative councils in other states will be holding its first meeting tomorrow as the BJD seems to be in a ‘for all I care mood’.
The Parliamentary Affairs department and the Odisha Assembly secretariat has written letters to the five committee members –three from the BJD and one each from the Congress and the BJP inviting them to attend the first meeting of the committee formed by the Odisha government to study the functioning of legislative councils in other states to finalize on the details of the visits by the committee to Karnataka and Maharashtra.
The opposition Congress and BJP have made it clear that committee members appointed by the government from their parties will not attend the meeting.
While the Congress has said that the decision at the meeting will be partisan it doesn’t hold any value, the BJP has said as both it and the Congress have rejected the committee there was no need for inviting.
“No representative from Congress will attend the meeting neither will anyone remain a member in the committee. By destroying all traditions of democracy they have called this meeting. Decisions taken there will be one sided without any seriousness and therefore there is no point in the Opposition cooperating with them”, said Narasingh Mishra Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly and senior Congress leader in his reactions on tomorrow’s meeting while speaking to the media today.
“Our member will not attend that meeting. When the BJP and the Congress had rejected that committee there was no need to write letters behaving as owners of the Congress and the BJP”, said Basant Panda, leader of the BJP legislature party in the state assembly in his reactions to the media.
However, the panel’s chairman Dr. Nrusingh Charan Sahu is hopeful that all members of the panel will be attending tomorrow’s meeting.
“We have called a meeting of the committee to finalize and work out details of the programme for the visits; what will be our strategy etc will be decided in the meeting and we would be steps accordingly. We are hopeful that they will attend tomorrow’s meeting”, said Sahu.
The committee appointed by the state government has three members from the ruling BJD-Dr Nrusingh Charan Sahu, Pramila Mallik and Monohar Randhari and one each from Congress and BJP Bhujbal Majhi and Nitesh Gangdev respectively.