Ruckus in Odisha Assembly over alleged scams


Bhubaneswar: The Question Hour in Odisha Assembly was washed out for the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday amid a ruckus by members of opposition parties, who demanded a clarification from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over recent scams.

The House was adjourned twice in the pre-lunch session as members tried to climb atop Speaker PK Amat’s podium, seeking action against defaulters.

As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, the opposition MLAs rushed into the Well, raising slogans against the ruling BJD.

The Congress legislators raked up the alleged sapling scam and sought to know the names of people involved in it.

“The Agriculture Minister has already acknowledged irregularities in sapling plantation project. He should now reveal the names of persons involved in corruption,” party’s chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati Bahinipati told reporters outside the Assembly.

The BJP members, on the other hand, created a pandemonium over alleged Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (Omfed) scam and cooperative bank irregularities.

“We want the CBI to probe into cooperative bank scam. Also, no action has been taken against those involved in sapling scam. The chief minister should clear his stance on these issues,” BJP MLA Rabi Naik said.

Amid uproarious scenes, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the Assembly initially till 11.30 am and later till 3 pm as ruckus prevailed after the House reassembled.

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