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Stormy Assembly session ends amid Cong boycott


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 28

The monsoon session of the State Assembly came to an end on Tuesday amidst a boycott by the opposition Congress in protest against the ruling of the Speaker not to take up the discussion on the Odisha Police Bill-2013.

The highlight of the weeklong session was the unusual move by the treasury bench that forced the adjournment of the House on August 23 on the plea of Central neglect over the demand for special category status (SCS) for Odisha.

On the other hand, the refusal of the Speaker for a discussion on chit fund scam also led to disruption of the proceedings.

Besides, there were two adjournments on August 24 when the ruling BJD raised the Central neglect issue and proposed a censure motion against the UPA government for delaying the upward revision of royalty on minerals.

The disruption of the House proceedings began on the opening day of the session with the Congress and BJP demanding a permanent High Court bench in western Odisha. The pandemonium continued on the second day as the opposition stalled proceeding demanding a statement on the rape and murder of a minor girl in Salia Sahi in Bhubaneswar and seeking an apology from the chief minister.

Despite frequent disruptions, the House discussed important issues like chit fund scam and reduction of 10 kg subsidised rice to the BPL card holders.

The House discussed the issue of increase in crime against women and deterioration of law and order in the state on the last day of the session on Tuesday.

As many as seven Bills were passed during the session. However, the Odisha Police Bill -2013 and the Odisha Prevention of Witch Hunting Bill-2013 were deferred to the next session.