Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:
The second day of the winter session had to be adjourned thrice and finally to 5 pm after repeated disruptions by the Opposition, joined by the treasury bench which contributed to the pandemonium no less.
In the morning, members of the opposition Congress trooped to the well with placards in their hands as soon as the House paid glowing tributes to former minister, MP and chairman Ainthu Sahu (86) who died on Thursday.
What followed appeared to have been a well orchestrated drama.
The Opposition Congress and BJP members rushed to the well of the house displaying placards on the failure of the state government in the post-cyclone and flood restoration and rehabilitation works, deteriorating law and order in the state and inaction against the authorities of Bhushan Steel Ltd in Dhenkanal district.
Fully ready to counter the Opposition move, members of the Treasury bench stood up to shout slogans and display placards on the Central apathy towards the post-cyclone and flood restoration work.
As soon as the House was adjourned, the ruling party members marched to the Gandhi statue inside the assembly premises to sit on a dharna with placards denouncing Central neglect.
The House was adjourned till 5 pm when it reassembled at 3 pm after an earlier adjournment at noon following unruly scenes.
Bhushan Steel plant tragedy was supposed to generate a heated debate in the assembly today. But going by the manner in which the day has proceeded so far, it seems unlikely that the matter will ever come up for a detailed discussion.
There are reports that certain forces are lobbying hard to make sure an open house debate on the Bhushan issue does not happen at all.
Incidentally, there have been allegations that the CMO and even the chief minister have been promoting and protecting the steel company all this while.
The Speaker has, however, admitted the adjournment motion on Bhushan moved by the Opposition today.
Labour and Forest & Environment minister Bijoyshree Routray would present the state government’s stand as well as action taken in the matter if the motion is at all, set in motion.
The day’s proceedings began on a sombre note with the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh and BJP leader KV Singhdeo and others paying tributes in glowing terms to the former minister and MP Ainthu Sahu who passed away on Thursday in a private hospital in the city. This was followed by a minute of silent prayer in honour of the departed leader.