Normalcy returns to Orissa assembly
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 19:18
Bhubaneswar: Normalcy returned in Orissa assembly on Wednesday as Congress members participated in the proceedings after stalling the House from the beginning of winter session on November 23, demanding resignation of the chief minister and action against those involved in illegal land acquisition for Vedanta University.

Resuming their function, Congress legislators inquired about the state government's next move on the Orissa High Court's November-16 order cancelling the land acquisition for the proposed varsity. The court held the acquisition as "illegal".

Leader of the opposition, Bhupinder Singh said it was a breach of privilege by Revenue Minister, S N Patro who told media that the state government had decided to move to the Supreme Court challenging the HC judgement when the House was in session.

The minister, he said, should have informed the House first on government's move instead of going to media.

Singh was supported by many other members including NCP legislature party leader Amar Satpathy.

Patro had yesterday told reporters that the state government would soon move the apex court challenging the Orissa HC judgement on Vedanta university.

Seeking a ruling from the Speaker to the Revenue Minister, Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan said the state government had every right to move the apex court "but, we do not understand why it is so protective to Vedanta."

Singh said, "The Mughal, Maratha and even British rulers had not touched Lord Jagannath's land as a mark of respect to the sentiments of the people, but the state government had handed over 600 acres of Lord's land to the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the developer of Vedanta university."

Later, when a number of opposition members sought a ruling from the Chair on the revenue minister's statement to the media, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat said "I'll examine the matter."


First Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 19:18

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