Odisha assembly budget meetings hit the battlefield on Saturday as Speaker Surya Narayan Patro refused:
Opposition BJP MLAs have strongly objected to the Lokayukta amendment bill being passed without debate. With this Odisha assembly budget meetings hit the battlefield on Saturday. Speaker Surya Narayan Patro was asked to give a chance to Ministers to speak.
Speaker Surya Narayan Patro: Angered by the speaker’s refusal, they threw sandals, papers, and a microphone at the podium. With that, the Speaker adjourned the House. Three BJP members were suspended. The suspension was in effect until the end of the assembly sessions, and they were ordered to leave the Assembly house immediately.
In this context, the budget meetings were adjourned indefinitely, five days ahead of schedule. Before the lunch break, the BJP vehemently opposed the passage of the Lokayukta Amendment Bill without any discussion. On the other hand, members of Congress also joined them after the Speaker rejected their demand to discuss the mining issue in the state. BJP members pulled out microphones, wrapped their front papers in balls, and threw them towards the speaker’s podium. Sandals and shoes were also thrown without stopping.
Speaker Patro adjourned the House under unavoidable circumstances due to confusion caused by members of the Opposition. After the lunch break, the Speaker announced that BJP Legislative Party Deputy Leader Bishnu Sethi, party whip Mohan Charan Majhi and another MLA JN Mishra would be suspended from the House.
Earlier, Assembly Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, government chief whip Pramila Mallik and Congress legislature party leader Pradeep Kumar watched a video of BJP MLAs rioting.
BJP MLAs who came out of the House staged a dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Assembly premises. After Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari introduced the CAG report in the House, the Speaker announced that the House would be adjourned indefinitely. The BJP has 22 MLAs in the Odisha Assembly.
‘Our guys didn’t make a mistake. BJP leader PK Nayak said that they did not give him a chance to speak. However, Bishnu Sethi said that they did nothing wrong and did not throw the original sandals and congress strongly condemned the incident. Said it was unfortunate to insult the speaker.