Orissa Oppn demands Naveen’s ouster
The Opposition stalled functioning of the Orissa assembly for the second consecutive day demanding CM Naveen Patnaik`s resignation.
Bhubaneswar: The Opposition stalled functioning of the Orissa assembly for the second consecutive day on Wednesday demanding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik`s resignation over the proposed Vedanta University controversy as the house had to be adjourned twice.
Noisy scenes were witnessed shortly after the beginning of question hour when Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh sought to raise the issue and Congress legislators trooped into the well asking the Chief Minister to step down.
The Opposition members maintained that Patnaik had lost all rights to continue in office after the High Court on November 16 declared illegal the land acquisition made by the BJD government for the Vedanta University along the Konark-Puri marine drive.
As repeated pleas to restore order went unheeded, Speaker Pradip Amat adjourned the House till 1130 hrs.
With the bedlam continuing after the house reassembled, Deputy Speaker Lal Bihari Himirika adjourned the House till 3 pm.
On the opening day of the winter session on Tuesday, the assembly was disrupted amid adjournments for five times as the Opposition MLAs vociferously demanded resignation of the Chief Minister, claiming illegalities had been committed in acquisition of land for the proposed university.