Iyer’s derogatory remarks rock Odisha Assembly; Speaker calls for all party meeting

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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the derogatory remarks tweeted by Baijayant Panda’s friend Abhijit Iyer Mitra on the dignity of Odisha and its presiding deity Lord Jagannath, his arrest rocked the last day of the monsoon session of Odisha Assembly today.

As soon as the house assembled for the day, Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra moved a privilege motion against Abhijit Iyer Mitra over his alleged comments against Odisha MLAs.

Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat accepted the privilege motion and suspended the Question Hour to discuss on the derogatory remarks on legislators

Mishra said, “Remarks of Abhijit Iyer Mitra have disrespected people of Odisha and Odia language. He should be summoned to the State and the House should decide on quantum of punishment”

Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati also demanded stringent punishment against him. He said that they would not leave House till announcement is made on this.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Pradip Purohit slamed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his absence during a discussion on privilege motion in on remarks of Iyer.

After hearing to the House members the Speaker called for all-party meeting after adjourning House for 20 minutes.

Notably, Pragativadi had first published the derogatory remarks made by Iyer through various posts on Twitter, insulting the culture of Odisha.

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