Orissa Assembly Talked Out into Adjournment on the Day of Commencement

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Assembly commenced its budget session today. But, soon after the State Governor started his customary speech, Opposition benches, specifically the Congress and the BJP raised the contaminated dal issue that after the governor’s speech rambled the day into adjournment.

Congress boycotted the Governor alleging that his speech prepared by the tainted government was devoid of reliability and was designed to mislead the people and therefore under its guise lies could not be entertained.

But, BJP adopted a different posture. It did not walk out, but tried to talk out. It did not allow the governor to proceed smoothly with his speech, Describing the misdeeds of the government including its supply of poisonous dal to innocent children and pregnant women, it went on reading out its charge-sheet against the government at par with the governor.

As the treasury bench proposed a vote of thanks to the governor for his speech, both the Congress and BJP raised anti-government and anti-corruption slogans that made the Speaker adjourn the day.

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Besides Budget What Else OLA May Be Confronted With

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Budget session of Orissa Legislative Assembly will have to bear with war of words on central negligence to Orissa, as comprehended by the treasury side on the one hand and criminal corruption in every sphere of the State administration, such as the specifically exposed felony of supply of contaminated food to school kinds as well as expectant mothers by the state government, on the other.

The legislative wing of the Congress party – recognized Opposition in OLA – will blow hot to strip the government layer by layer in the floor on supply of poisonous dal and inedible food under the central government funded Mid-day Meal and Supplementary Nutrition Programs and looting thereby the central fund for years together without any check. It shall also harp on its old demands for action against tainted ministers, which had concussed the last session so severely that proceeding with its business had become impossible.

The National Congress Party, till recently official ally of BJD, will also put on records its disapproval of corruption that has engulfed administration in its entirety in Orissa.

Ruling BJD in its legislative wing has decided to use as its armor the cold-shouldering of Orissa by the Congress-NCP coalition government in the center.

Besides the Budget, the government has intention to bring into assize 8 different bills.