Orissa assembly paralysed over pulses scam

Amid uproar, the Orissa assembly was paralysed on Friday following repeated adjournments as Oppn Cong members stormed into the well demanding CBI probe into the multi-crore pulses scam.

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 18:19 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Amid uproar, the Orissa
assembly was paralysed on Friday following repeated adjournments
as Opposition Congress members stormed into the well demanding
CBI probe into the multi-crore pulses scam and stringent
action against those involved.

As the House assembled for the second phase of the
budget session after a fortnight-long break, leader of
opposition and senior Congress legislator Bhupinder Singh
slammed the BJD government accusing it of failing to take
proper action in the dal scandal.

Alleging tardy progress in the probe being conducted
by the vigilance wing into irregularities in purchase of dal
for mid-day meal (MDM) and supplimentary nutrition programme
(SNP) meant for school children and pregnant women, Congress
MLAs tropped into the well.

Shouting slogans in favour of a CBI probe into the
matter, some of the Congress members attempted to climb the
Speaker`s podium as the BJP members lashed out at the
government on the dal scam from their seats.

The opposition members also demanded that inquiry into
the scandal be widened to cover all the 30 districts instead
of confining it to a handful of districts.

Asking the government to give details about the action
taken in the matter, they said almost all the culprits were
moving scotfree though a minister had resigned over the issue.

Apart from Bhupinder Singh, Congress members,
including Anup Sai and party`s chief whip Prasad Harichandan,
also raised the issue through special mention.

As noisy scenes persisted, the House was adjourned at
least four times causing disruptions in the proceedings during
the day.

PTI