Ruckus Continues in Odisha Assembly Over Paddy Procurement Issue

Bhubaneswar: Unruly scenes were witnessed in Odisha Assembly with the Opposition members stalling the proceedings over the mandi issue.

While the BJP members showed placards on the farmers’ issue and distress sale of paddy, the Congress indulged in sloganeering over the issue.

Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro had to adjourn the proceedings of the House a number of times as the pandemonium continued. Patro was forced to call an all party meet for the smooth management of the House proceedings.

The Question Hour could not be held due to ruckus in the House. Congress member Taraprasad Bahinipati stood up on a chair started giving slogans on farmers issue. As the Opposition members did not discontinue their protest in the House, the Speaker announced that the proceedings of the House will continue till 7 pm amid the protest.

He said the adjournment motion given by Congress members will be discussed on Tuesday and Saturday and added that the BJP members can move their adjournment motions in four days.

Despite Speaker’s appeal to the Opposition members to maintain calm, there was no response from the Opposition. The second half of the session also witnessed uproarious scenes and business in the House could not be carried out.

The Speaker called government Chief Whip, Dy Chief Whip, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Congress Legislature Party leader and MLA Laxman Munda for an all party meet for smooth running of the State Assembly.