Orissa opposition continue dharna inside assembly

Last Updated: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 18:29

Bhubaneswar: Opposition members continued
their sit-in inside the Orissa assembly for the second day
today to protest against sine die adjournment of Orissa
Assembly, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Members of Congress and BJP, who launched the dharna
terming the early adjournment of the Assembly as "undemocratic
and unconstitutional", continued their sit-in through the
night.

Though the government claimed there was no important
business left, Opposition legislators demanded resumption of
the Assembly and decided to ask the Governor not to prorogue
the House which was to run till December 19.

Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan and BJP
legislature party leader K V Singhdeo said the Institute of
Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Orissa Bill,
2009 was deferred till next session despite the government`s
claim that there was no business to transact.

Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh and Harichandan
said the House was adjourned in a hurried manner as the
government was afraid of facing the opposition over the
multi-crore mining scam.

Stating that the move came after Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik was targetted by opposition for alleged involvement in
the mining scam, Harichandan said the government failed to
show decency to consult opposition before deciding to adjourn
the House indefinitely.

Harichandan said the BAC in its meeting held on
December 2 had also decided to allot December 8 for Private
Members` Business.

"We bring to your kind notice that in the last budget
session there was no Private Members Business day in the
entire sitting period of 30 days and this was a clear
violation of rules, procedure and conduct of business of the
assembly and the constitution," Congress and BJP MLAs said
in a joint memorandum to the Governor.

Based on the calendar of sitting till December 19,
questions were submitted by members so also adjournments,
calling attentions on various important issues, Bhupinder
Singh said.

There were also important issues related to IFCAI
Private University Bill and naming of Central University in
the name of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Dash which were half way
discussed, he said.

"The sudden adjournment without consulting the
opposition is an indication that government is not prepared to
face burning issues of the state," he said.

The leaders pointed out that under the rules and
procedure and conduct of business in the assembly, in every
calendar year the assembly should have no less than three
sessions with minimum of 60 sitting days.

The opposition would not only continue dharna inside
the house but also conduct a `special session`, the leaders
said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 18:29

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