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Opposition continue to paralyse Orissa Assembly

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 24 (UNI) The Opposition today paralysed the Orissa Assembly demanding the arrest of a former minister and dismissal of another for their alleged involvement in a liquor tragedy.

Stalemate prevailed for the third day today as the agitated members trooped into the well in support of their demand soon after the house assembled to take up the question hour.

They also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for 'complete breakdown' of law and order in the state and disrupted the proceedings.

Shouting slogans against former Water Resources, Science and Technology Minister R N Nanda, who resigned yesterday in the wake of Opposition evidence against him in the 2001 Puri liquor tragedy, the Congress members demanded that Mr Nanda be arrested for his involvement.

They also insisted that State Excise Minister Kalandi Behera be dismissed from the council of ministers for his alleged links with the liquor mafia and the chief minister resign in view of today's R Udayagiri incident in which Naxalites ransacked the police station, jail and other official buildings, killed two constables and kidnapped two senior officials.

Pandemonium prevailed in the well which forced Speaker Maheswar Mohanty to adjourn the house for 15 minutes. The house was subsequently adjourned twice and finally for lunch till 1500 hours as the situation remained unchanged with the Opposition occupying the well and shouting slogans in support of their demands.

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