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Horse-trading: BJP MLAs sit demands debate

Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 18:00

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Assembly on Saturday witnessed
uproarious scenes as opposition Congress and BJP MLAs demanded
a debate on alleged horse trading during last year`s Rajya
Sabha polls and "deteriorating" law and order situation across
the state.

The opposition members rushed to the well and raised
slogans demanding the debate as speaker Pradip Kumar Amat
asked the cooperation minister Prafulla Samal to proceed with
the amendment Bill of his department.
While BJP members sat on dharna in the well, Congress
MLAs were up accusing the government of fearing discussion on
important issues.
"As today is the last day of the monsoon session, the
speaker should allow discussion on issues concerning public
interest," Leader of the Opposition Leader, Bhupinder Singh of
Congress said.

Suggesting the speaker to extend the session by some days
if the government feels that important bills are not passed,
Singh said he was denied opportunity to speak during the
question hour.

Opposition members also demanded tabling of Lokpal`s
special report in the House as directed by the Governor.
However, the speaker, did not listen to the opposition
members. "Even he did not accept two privilege motions moved
by our members," Singh alleged.

Amat, however, said that he could not allow any
on adjournment motion due to pendency of several bills.


First Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 18:00

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