Orissa Assembly paralysed for 3rd day over dal scam

Orissa Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes and was paralysed for the third consecutive day over dal scam as Congress MLAs stormed into the well demanding probe into irregularities in supply of pulses.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 18:48 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Assembly witnessed
uproarious scenes and was paralysed for the third consecutive
day on Wednesday over dal scam as Congress MLAs stormed into the well
demanding probe into irregularities in supply of pulses for
mid-day meal (MDM) and other schemes in all 30 districts.

The issue was raised by Leader of Opposition Bhupinder
Singh of Congress as soon as the house assembled for the day.
He accused the BJD government of failing to keep its promise
made at an all-party meet about investigation into supply of
dal for MDM and supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) meant
for children and pregnant women.
Supported by BJP members, Congress members shouted
anti-government slogans as the speaker Pradip Kumar Amat
allowed reading out a statement by the government side on the
ongoing hostage crisis.

As Congress members displayed placards demanding a
broader probe into the dal scam, Singh said the government had
promised to produce all information and documents relating to
the scam before the House, but it was yet to do so.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty,
however, said the government had never promised to place all
documents relating to vigilance probe into the dal scam.

Opposition chief whip Prasad Harichandan of Congress,
however, accused Mohanty of telling lies relating to the
government`s assurance on tabling probe documents. "I will
request the speaker to verify the recording of the all-party
meeting," Harichandan said.

The opposition members also demanded extension of the
vigilance probe to all the 30 districts instead of confining
it within only five districts.

Angry over government`s "failure" to keep its word,
Congress legislators trooped into the well shouting slogans.

The House was adjourned for the day due to unabated
uproarious scenes.

PTI