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Uproarious scene in Orissa Assembly over Speaker's ruling

Written by: Staff

Bhubaneswar, Mar 21 (UNI) Speaker Maheswar Mohanty's decision to change his earlier ruling caused much commotion in the Orissa Assembly today.

The uproar in the Assembly took place after the Speaker in the post-lunch session rectified his order of the pre-lunch session asking Congress Deputy Leader Narashingha Mishra to lay the report of the Inquiry Commission on Puri hooch tragedy.

The Opposition took exception to the Speaker's ruling when he said though he had granted permission to Mr Mishra to lay the report it could not be considered as laid as long as he had not examined it.

This led to an uproarious scene and the Opposition members rushed into the well and demanded resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Excise Minister Kalandi Behera and Science and Technology Minister Rabi Nanda holding them responsible for the hooch tragedy.

Finding it difficult to bring order in the house, the speaker, immediately, adjourned the house for 25 minutes. The matter was subsided later when the speaker ruled that he has not withdrawn the permission but it would be under his examination.

The speaker during the zero hour had granted permission to Mr Mishra to lay the report of the Inquiry Commission on Puri hooch tragedy when the latter quoted extensively some portion of the report through a point of order causing embarrassment to the government.

Mr Mishra promptly laid the report on the direction of the Speaker and demanded the matter be discussed suspending all business of the house. As the Speaker did not concede to the demand, the Opposition trooped into the well forcing the chair to adjourn the house thrice and finally for the lunch.

When the house assembled after the lunch, the Speaker rectified his earlier ruling and maintained that the report submitted by Mr Mishra could not be treated as laid in the house as he was examining it.

Mr Mishra opposed it saying he could not be prevented to lay the report in the house. He also challenged the Speaker that once the ruling was pronounced, it could not be withdrawn and appealed to the Speaker to reconsider his fresh ruling.

Congress members Umesh Swain and L B Mohapatra came to the rescue of Mr Mishra and said the report had already become property of the house. They charged the Speaker of creating a new tradition in the house.

BJD member Niranjan Pujari and government chiefwhip Kishore Mohanty questioned the veracity of the report laid by the Congress Deputy leader while Orissa Gana Parishad (OGP) member Arun Dey justified the ruling of the Speaker.


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