Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 10:
Odisha Assembly continued to witness uproarious scenes and the House was adjourned repeatedly after the all-party meeting called by Speaker Niranjan Pujari today failed to bring any result.
Opposition Congress and BJP members were seen shouting slogans in the well of the House demanding resignation of Chief Minister. Quite like the preceding days, the BJP members were seen wearing black aprons in protest.
Unable to conduct business, Speaker Pujari adjourned the House first till 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and later again till 3 PM and finally till 5 PM.
Even though the Speaker called an all-party meeting at 4.30 PM for the second time today to discuss the issue and the Chief Minister attended it along with top opposition leaders, no outcome was reached.
Political slugfest continued outside the House as well.
Main Opposition Congress questioned Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s silence in issues such as money transfer to BJD account, ouster of chit fund scam enquiry commission chief Justice MM Das and Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma.
“We have asked the Chief Minister to make a statement on the chit fund commission issue in the House. We have also asked the ruling party to withdraw the statement made against Leader of Opposition on the floor of the House. Further, we have asked the government to make necessary arrangements to refund the small investors the money they lost because of the chit fund scam. The ruling party has accepted none of our demands,” said Opposition Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati.
BJP, on the other hand, called the House adjournment a conspiracy of the government.
“We have been asking the Chief Minister to make a statement on the floor of the House. Perhaps that can bring things back to normal. However, for some reason, he is afraid of making a statement. How would the House function under such circumstances? This looks like a conspiracy of the government to me,” said BJP MLA Pradip Purohit.
Ruling Biju Janata Dal, however, refuted the allegations and blamed the opposition parties.
“For the sake of four crore Odias, we are willing to make every compromise. But, the opposition parties are stalling the House intentionally for some reason or the other. It is extremely unfortunate,” said BJD Spokesperson Pratap Jena speaking to reporters outside the Assembly.