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Deadlock in Orissa Assembly for fourth day

Written by: Staff

Bhubaneswar, Mar 25 (UNI) Deadlock in Orissa Assembly continued for the fourth day today as the Opposition stalled the business of the House right from the question hour demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Excise Minister K C Behera.

As the house assembled for the day to take up the question hour, Leader of Opposition J B Pattnaik stood up and said Excise Minister K C Behra was responsible for the Ganjam hooch tragedy which claimed several lives last week, He said the Chief Minister was also responsible as he had been 'protecting' the Excise Minister despite his involvement in the tragedy.

The Leader of Opposition said the Chief Minister should also resign as he had completely failed to combat naxalite activities in the state and his statement in the Assembly on the naxalite attack in R Udayagiri yesterday was half true, Mr Pattnaik said.

He said the government was aware of a possible attack by the Naxalites as the Gajapati Collector had sought more force but it did not pay any heed to the Collector's request.

The leader of Opposition said both the Chief Minister and the Excise Minister should tender their resignation on moral ground. The Opposition, he said, would not allow the House to run till they tendered their resignation.

Speaker Maheswar Mohanty, however, pleaded the Opposition to cooperate with the business of the House. He said the Opposition could raise the issue in some other forum as the Chief Minister had already made statement on the R Udayagiri incident.

When he went ahead with the question hour and asked State Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Minister Gokul Nayak to reply to the question, Opposition members trooped into the well and shouted slogans. They rushed to the podium and tried to obstruct the business of the House.

Congress members Anup Sai and Tara Prasad Bahinipati snatched papers from the Ministers and showed newspapers inside the well.

This prompted the Speaker to adjourn the house for 30 minutes.

The House reassembled to be adjourned again for 49 minutes and finally for lunch by Deputy Speaker Prahallad Dora who announced that the demands for grant relating to the Works Department would be taken up on March 30. He then adjourned the house till 10 30 hours on Monday.


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