Bhubaneswar: With 21 of Orissa`s 30
districts hit by two spells of high floods after a drought in
16 districts, opposition Congress on Tuesday demanded convening a
special session of the assembly to discuss the calamities.
"We want a special session of the assembly as the
matter is urgent affecting lives of lakhs of farmers," said
leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh.
A party delegation led by OPCC president Niranjan
Patnaik while meeting the governor MC Bhandare yesterday too
drew his attention in this regard.
"A special session of the assembly is generally
convened during emergencies. As about 75 lakh people were hit
by the calamity, a special session must be convened" said
party`s chief whip Prasad Harichandan.
BJP leader BB Harichandan also supported the
Congress`s proposal of convening a special session of the
assembly after floods and drought.
The ruling BJD, however, rejected the proposal with
revenue and disaster management minister SN Patro asking the
MLAs to visit their respective constituencies and monitor
relief and restoration activities.
"The MLAs have major roles to play in villages now
than in the participating in debates," Patro said seeking
cooperation of elected peoples` representatives to restore
normalcy in flood hit districts.
BJD`s senior leader and former minister Damodar Rout
said "there is no harm in convening a special session of the
assembly. But, opposition parties make such demand more for
politics than the interest of the affected people."
OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik alleged that the relief
operation were being carried out in affected areas keeping the
ensuing panchayat elections in mind.
Ruling BJD workers are trying to woo voters by providing
relief to them while ignoring many real flood victims, Patnaik