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Uproar in Orissa Assembly on tiger cub issue

Written by: Staff
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Bhubaneswar, Aug 8 (UNI) The allegation of a tiger cub kept by a Congress MLA caused uproarious scenes in Orissa Assembly forcing Speaker Maheswar Mohanty to adjourn the house twice till lunch.

It all started during question hour when some independent members, while expressing concern over the death of animals and birds in Nandankanan Zoo, alleged that an Opposition MLA had kept a tiger cub as pet.

Independents Prabhant Ranjan Biswal, Saroj Padhi and Rudra Madhav Ray alleged that a young opposition MLA had kept a tiger cub as pet but later released it in the Mundali forest and asked the forest department to avoid action under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Trouble started when BJD's Anjali Behera wanted to know whether the Banki MLA was involved in the case and, if so, what action had been taken against him.

This led to a commotion in the Opposition and Banki MLA Debashis Patnaik stood up to clarify that he had been unnecessarily dragged into the controversy.

Mr Patnaik dubbed the allegation as baseless and said he was an animal lover and had rescued a python in the past and handed it over to the forest department. He denied that he had ever kept a tiger cub, as alleged by the independent members.

The Opposition Congress took exception to the remarks of the independent members against Mr Patnaik and demanded it be expunged.

Pandemonium prevailed inside the house as the Opposition trooped into the well and disrupted business when the Speaker ordered that he would examine the remarks.

The Speaker tried to pacify the agitated Congress members but in vain. He then adjourned the house for ten minutes. As uproarious scenes prevailed he adjourned the house till lunch.

Later the Speaker ruled that the remarks against the Congress MLA would be expunged.

UNI DP PL/SI BST1740

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