Monsoon session of Orissa Assembly to be a stormy one

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 18 (UNI) The monsoon session of the Orissa assembly will be stormy one with both the rulling BJD-BJP alliance and the main opposition Congress finalising the issues to be raised in the house beginning here from August 20.

The Congress Legislature Party at its meeting today decided to raise the issue of scarcity of fertiliser, Rs 2 kg rice, the deteriorating law and order situation, politics in distribution of relief in flood affected area and the failure of the government to take steps to resolve the issues raised by the oppsotion.

Congress Chief Whip Satya Bhushan Sahu told newspersons here that though the union government was providing adequate quantity of fertilsier it was not reaching the farmers.

Mr Sahu said the state government was playing politics in the Rs.2 kg rice distribution. Although the Centre was subsidising a major portion of the rice provided to the poor, the state government was taking all credit for it.

He said during the present government the law and order situation deteriorated fast and the government failed to control the maoist activities.

The Congress leader said the ruling BJD used its party symbol in distribution of relief in the flood affected areas and played politics with the fate of the people.

He said all these issues would be raised in the coming session of the assembly.

However, he promised his party's support to the ruling party to oppose JMM leader Sibu Soren's demand to carve out three districts from Orissa to pave the way for greater Jharkhand.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who presided over the BJD-BJP legialature party meeting,told newspersons that they would move motions against the union government on the issue of price rise,cash for vote, non revision of royalty on coal, iron and Chromite, Railways, short supply of fertiliser to the state, discrimination on the waving of farmers loan and non-release of any assistance to the state to compensate the damage caused by the flood.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty said as many as eight bills are scheduled to be passed during the monsoon session of the assembly.


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