Bhubaneswar: Asking Orissa government to
give up its "ego" for proper functioning of assembly,
opposition Congress today asked Chief minister Naveen Patnaik
to learn from Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee`s
approach on bringing consensus for running the House.
"Let Naveen Patnaik take a lesson from Union Finance
minister Pranab Mukherjee on how to take opposition along with
the government," leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh told
reporters from the dharna site where Congress MLAs were
staging a sit-in since July 17.
Mukherjee convened an all-party breakfast meeting
this morning and successfully convinced the opposition to
resume business of the Parliament, Singh said.
The Congress MLAs walked out of the state assembly on
July 17 demanding resignation of two ministers allegedly
involved in the multi-crore linkage coal scam. BJP also
boycotted the House since then.
While Congress MLAs continued to sit on dharna near
Mahatma Gandhi statue in assembly premises, BJP members stayed
away from proceedings even as the House passed crucial
appropriation bill on Saturday.
Though three all party meetings had been convened by
Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat, impasse continued as both the
government and the opposition stick to their points.
"The leader of the House has so far not taken any step
to resolve the impasse. The chief minister even did not attend
the first all-party meeting," pointed out Singh adding that
Patnaik had never adopted appropriate attitude to pave way for
opposition to return to the house.