Bhubaneswar: Protesting Speaker`s refusal
to allow for a debate on the sensational Pipili rape case,
opposition Congress on Saturday boycotted Odisha Assembly amidst
pandemonium during most of the day.
"We will not attend assembly proceedings unless the
speaker accepts the adjournment motion notice given by our
party," leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh announced before
leading a walkout.
Alleging that the political arrogance of the ruling
BJD has destroyed the democratic process in Odisha Assembly,
Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan said: "It was simply a
dishonour to democracy as the Speaker deprived the members
from discussing a sensitive and important matter like the
rising atrocities on women".
The issue was first raised during the question hour by
Singh who wanted to know about the fate of the adjournment
notice given by his party to the Speaker three days ago. "How
can the speaker deny permission to hold a debate on the recent
incident like a series of rapes in different places of the
state," he asked.
While rejecting the opposition notice on adjournment
motion, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat, however, said: "I am
disallowing the debate on the issue as it is not recent one. I
can only allow a debate on an issue which occurred recently".