Bhubaneswar, Dec 16:
The abrupt end to the winter session of the Assembly on Monday has led to a war of words between the ruling BJD and opposition Congress. While the former has maintained that there was no option but to adjourn the House indefinitely since the Congress was bent on running the House with ‘muscle power’, the Congress has accused the ruling party of running away from the Assembly since it knew it would be on the mat on a host of issues.
Emerging out of a meeting with Governor SC Jamir this afternoon, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh, who led a delegation of over 20 party MLA to the Raj Bhavan, said the Governor had assured them that he would call for the records of the Business Advisory Committee and take appropriate action after perusing them.
Launching a scathing attack on the government, Singh said the treasury benches ‘ran away’ from the House since it knew it had no answer to a host of questions that the Congress proposed to ask, including the demand for the Revenue minister’s resignation for making a false statement on the quantum of assistance given by the Centre for rehabilitation work in areas hit by cyclone and flood recently.
Parliamentary Affairs minister Kalpataru Das, however, levelled a counter-charge against the Congress saying the party was determined to ‘create a nuisance’ within the House and not allow it to conduct any business. “They even insulted the Speaker by breaking his mike. This is nothing but cheap politics by frustrated Congress members,” he told OST.
Asked about the Revenue minister’s faux pas, Das said the mistake had been ‘immediately corrected’ and the issue should have ended there. “But the real intention of the Opposition was to make political capital out of it and not to allow the House to continue,” he said.
KV Singhdeo, leader of the BJP legislature party, blamed both the BJD and the Congress for the abrupt end to the winter session. “Neither of them was interested in discussing the real problems of the people. They have harmed the interests of the state and its people in the process,” he said.
Speaking to OST, the BJP leader dubbed the Congress move to meet the Governor as a ‘stunt’. “Why didn’t they allow the House to conduct important business?” he asked.