Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 22:
Proceedings of the Odisha Assembly were disrupted today as opposition members both from the Congress and the BJP rushed into the well of the House, tried to climb on to the speaker’s podium and created noisy scenes after their demand for an adjournment motion to debate on the alleged silence of the government on loot of iron ore to the tune of Rs 50,000 crore from Thakurani mines and allegedly illegally exported to Chhattisgarh was rejected by the speaker.
The speaker had to adjourn the House twice, the first time till 11.30 am and finally till 3 pm. The Question Hour could not take place as opposition members rushed into the well of the House forcing the speaker to adjourn the House till 11.30am. During Zero Hours too, the opposition members rushed to the speaker’s podium creating noisy scenes forcing the speaker to adjourn the House till 3 pm.
Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati told reporters; “First they did not allow an adjournment motion on the serious issue of loot of minerals from the Thakurani mines from which ores worth at least Rs 10,000 crore has been exported to Chhattisgarh in the last one year. Then they did not allow even a calling attention notice given by us to discuss on saline water from the sea inundating thousands of acres of agricultural fields in Rajnagar area. The Naveen Patnaik government clearly does not want any discussion on these two major issues.”
BJP’s state unit president Kanak Vardhan Singhdeo told reporters; “This government has always been saying that it’s ready for discussion always. Wonder why it is shying away from holding a debate? It’s clear that it is scared of getting exposed by us and that’s the reason why it has rejected the notice for adjournment motion. The debate would have exposed who is behind the deals”.
On being asked by reporters who was behind the deals, Singhdeo said “Just wait till tomorrow; everything will be out in the open..
On the other hand, government chief whip Ananta Das maintained a bold face and told reporters; “The government is not scared and there is no question of the government backing out. As per rules, adjournment motions are permitted only on recent issues. Since mines issue is more than five years old, it was not fit for discussion under an adjournment motion”.
Justifying the speaker’s action of disallowing the motion Das said the opposition can always debate the issue during demand discussions for the mines department to be held just after two days. “Who has prevented them from dedicating the entire demand debate for discussing the particular mines,” he said adding the matter is sub-judice as the Shah Commission report is in the Supreme Court and any discussion on the issue here in House at this stage will be improper.