Congress, BJP demand discussion on Posco violence

The Speaker repeatedly adjourned the Odisha assembly as pandemonium prevailed with opposition demanding a special discussion on Posco violence.

Bhubaneswar: The Speaker repeatedly
adjourned the Odisha assembly on Thursday as pandemonium prevailed
with opposition Congress and BJP demanding a special
discussion on the law and order situation with reference to
yesterday`s violence outside POSCO`s proposed plant site area
near Paradip.

While the Congress moved a notice for an adjournment
motion debate over the law and order situation, Speaker Pradip
Kumar Amat rejected it saying that the house could not take up
a debate in view of some other urgent business.

Unhappy over the Speaker`s denial to take up the
motion, the Congress members rushed to well of the house
demanding a special discussion on the matter.

"How can any other matter become so urgent for the
house other than yesterday`s violence near Posco site where
one person was killed," asked Congress Chiefwhip Prasad
Harichandan terming the December 14 violence as

Besides Congress and BJP members, two prominent and
senior members of the ruling BJD who hail from Paradip area
were also in favour of a discussion on the violence near Posco
site, Harichandan pointed out.

"This is an urgent matter as one contractor had taken
law into his hand and created panic in Posco area. There is no
law and order in Paradip region," Harichandan said.

Leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh of Congress
sought a clarification from the chief minister as to how the
coastal road project was being implemented for Posco whose MoU
with the government had already expired one-and-half year ago.

Alleging that the government was hand-in-gloves with
Posco, the leader of opposition raised question on Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik`s slogan of `peaceful

Party MLA S S Saluja wanted to know about Bapi
Sharkel, the contractor engaged by the IDCO (Industrial
Infrastructure Development Corporation).

BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo asked the
government not to forget Kalinga Nagar violence where 14
tribals were gunned down for an industry. "Whenever
government uses force for a project, such incidents take
place," Singhdeo said adding that the administration should
take a middle path instead of using force against the people
opposing projects.

NCP Legislature Party leader Amar Satpathy alleged
that the private contractor had raised a militia in Paradip
area and fomenting violence. "I demand a discussion on the
matter," he said.

Jagstsinghpur MLA Bishnu Charan Das wanted to know
how the state-owned IDCO gave costal road project work to a
contractor having bad record. "The police did not register FIR
against Sharkel three days ago over an incident," Das alleged.

Paradip MLA and former minister Damodar Rout said,
"had the coastal road work be given to local people, there
would not have been any violence."


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