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Guv expresses displeasure over functioning of Odisha Assembly

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 1:

Odisha Speaker Niranjan Pujari on Monday met Governor SC Jamir over the allegations of partisan role played by him during the monsoon session of the State Assembly session which saw several crucial bills being passed amid opposition boycott.

Niranjan Pujari Speaker
Niranjan Pujari Speaker

Opposition leaders had left the house two days before the end of the monsoon session, last Thursday. They had complained to the governor on the bias shown by the speaker and the undemocratic actions by the government.

Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra has lamented that the business in the Assembly was not conducted properly. He pointed out that nine major bills were passed by the government even when Congress and BJP parties were not in the house.

He accused the government of withdrawing the already passed amendments to bills without consulting the opposition. “The unanimously accepted amendments to the Odisha Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill on August 27 were arbitrarily withdrawn the next day by the government”, he pointed out.

The Speaker, accompanied by parliamentary secretary Amiya Kumar Sarangi and deputy secretary Bijay Kumar Sahu, arrived at the Raj Bhawan at 11 AM.

The bureaucrats were asked to leave the meeting after some time.

In the meeting, which lasted around 45 minutes, the Governor advised the Speaker to be non-partisan and unbiased in conducting business of the house.