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Lokayukta appointment issue continues to rock Odisha Assembly, adjourned

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly was adjourned for the second consecutive day on Tuesday over the delay in appointment of Lokayukta as Opposition Congress members staged a sit-in near the Speaker’s podium.

Several Congress MLAs, including Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and party’s Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati, staged a sit-in near the podium as soon as the House assembled for the day.

They continued their protest despite the request of Amat to cooperate in the business of the House, following which, the Speaker adjourned the House till 11.30 AM.

Again he adjourned the House till 3 PM when the BJP members joined the Congress MLAs and caused chaos over the same issue soon after the House reassembled at 11.30 AM.

Both Congress and BJP members had created ruckus yesterday by demanding either a ruling from the Speaker or a clarification from the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in this regard.

Notably, Odisha government is yet to appoint the Lokayukta and implement the Odisha Lokayukta Act even though the Bill has got President’s assent in 2015.

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