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Orissa Assembly adjourned twice

Last Updated: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 16:54

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Assembly was adjourned
twice on Monday amid uproar as opposition Congress stormed into
the well alleging a "fixing" during the Question hour by the
ruling BJD.

As the House assembled for the day, Speaker Pradip Amat
called out the name of BJD MLA Khageswar Behera for the first
question relating to Home department and meant to be replied
by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Though the chief minister was present, Behera was yet to
enter into the House, prompting Congress MLAs to allege that
he deliberately avoided entering despite being present in the
Assembly building as part of a "fixing" by the ruling BJD.

As the Speaker moved to the next question, Congress
members trooped into the well alleging a deliberate move by
BJD to skip the first question which would have led to a
discussion on Naxal problem.

Shouting slogans, Congress legislators threw a chair into
Speaker`s podium and snatched papers from his table demanding
declaration of Kalahandi as drought affected district.

As unruly scenes prevailed, Speaker adjourned the House
till 12 noon after which members discussed law and order
problem. Opposition Congress voiced concern over security of
MLAs citing the killing of legislator Jagabandhu Majhi in
Nabarangpur district on September 24.

House was again adjourned till 3 pm following pandemonium
over the issue as Congress members again stormed into the

Later outside the House, Behera said he went due to
stomach upset.


First Published: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 16:54
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