Bhubaneswar: Intensifying their stir over
the multi-crore dal scam, Congress MLAs today walked out of
Orissa Assembly terming as "hollow" the government`.
"We are not satisfied with state government`s reply to
our queries under special mention on dal scam. Therefore, we
will take the matter to the Governor before participating in
the proceeding of the House," Leader of Opposition Bhupinder
Singh said while leading the walkout by Congress legislators.
A delegation of Congress MLAs led by Singh later met
Governor M C Bhandare at Raj Bhavan and sought his
intervention to ensure proper action in the matter.
The State Assembly which witnessed pandemonium over
the dal scam for fourth consecutive day, remained adjourned
till 3 pm. When the House reassembled, speaker Pradip Kumar
Amat asked the government to give written replies to three
Congress MLAs who had sought clarification on the dal scam.
"We got hollow replies. We did not get answers to our
questions," said Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan,
adding party MLAs wanted to know about involvement of
contractors in the supply of dal under MDM (mid-day meals) and
SNP (supplementary nutrition programme).
Congress MLAs also wanted to know about the tender
process and action taken against senior officials allegedly
involved in the scam.
Dissatisfied with the government`s reply, Singh said
they had no alternative other than seeking Governor`s
intervention as Raj Bhavan was the custodian of the
The House also witnessed exchange of words between the
Congress leaders and Speaker Amat over restrictions on the
Leader of Opposition. While allowing the Leader of Opposition to speak
during the debate on budgetary demand of revenue and disaster
management department, Amat asked him to restrict and confine
his speech to the demand discussion.
"Leader of the House and the Leader of Opposition are
free to speak on any subject anytime during the session,"
In his clarification, Speaker Amat said he had not
He said he suggested Singh to speak on the demand
discussion because discussion on the demand for revenue and
disaster management had already started by that time.