BJD creates ruckus over Mahanadi tribunal delay in Odisha Assembly

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Bhubaneswar: The second phase of Odisha Legislative Assembly’s Budget Session began with ruckus today as the BJD members sloganeered over Mahanadi issue.

The ruling party members alleged conspiracy by the Centre and the Chhattisgarh State government for the delay in formation of the Mahanadi tribunal and created a din that resulted in adjournment till 3 pm.

After the House proceedings were adjourned, the legislators rallied to the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the premises of the Assembly and staged a dharna.

As soon as the House assembled for today’s business, ruling party members stood beside their seats and shouted slogans against the Centre.

Unable to run the House due to ruckus, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat initially requested the BJD MLAs to cooperate in the House proceedings and later adjourned it till 3 pm as din prevailed.

“Though the Centre announced to form the Mahanadi tribunal on March 12 as per directive of the Supreme Court, the terms of reference have not been communicated to the State Government. Why the Centre is dilly-dallying to form the tribunal? We will continue our fight to safeguard interests of Odisha,” Government chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy.

“It is the duty of the ruling party to ensure smooth conduct of House proceedings. But, they are playing the role of opposition. May be they are preparing themselves for the future role,” said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra speaking to reporters outside the House.

“The Odisha government should first present all necessary facts before the tribunal to get its right. Unfortunately, it hasn’t done so,” said BJP MLA Pradip Purohit outside the House.

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