Opposition demand Naveen`s resignation

The winter session of Orissa Assembly began on a stormy note today with the Opposition demanding CM Naveen Patnaik`s resignation over the proposed Vedanata University issue forcing adjournment of the House for two hours.

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of Orissa
Assembly began on a stormy note today with the Opposition
demanding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik`s resignation over the
proposed Vedanata University issue forcing adjournment of the
House for two hours.

The Opposition vociferously demanded Patnaik`s resignation
on moral grounds in view of Orissa High Court`s indictment of
the government and order to return land acquired for the
proposed university to the original owners.

Patnaik, who was not present in the House, later told
reporters that the opposition has been demanding his
resignation for the last 11 years.

Raising the issue, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder
Singh demanded Patnaik`s resignation and was supported by BJP
members.

Congress stepped up the attack during Zero hour as its
members stormed the well holding placards and shouting `Jai
Jagannath`.
About 600 acres of the total 6200 acres acquired for the
proposed university on Konarak-Puri highway belongs to Lord
Jagannath temple.

Opposition chief whip Prasad Harichandan quoted the High
Court`s November 16 order, saying it was a "direct indictment"
of the state government and the chief minister.

The High Court, he said, had ruled the government`s
action in acquiring the land for the proposed Vedanta
University amounted to "legal malafides" and the political
executive had not applied its mind while issuing notifications
for acquiring land for a private limited company.

Defending Patnaik, ruling BJD legislators said the
opposition demand was unjustified and politically motivated.

"A bill on Vedanta University was passed in the Assembly
in accordance with democratic procedure where opposition
members participated. The state government has not committed
any mistake by passing the bill," said Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Raghunath Mohanty.

All the while, treasury bench members raised issues to
relating to 2G spectrum, Adarsh housing scam and Karnataka
land scam where Congress and BJP leaders were involved.

Amid the uproar, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the
House for two hours.

PTI

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