Pulses scam: Rotten dal plates replace pen and note-book in Orissa Assembly

Leaf plates full of rotten dal replaced pen and note-book on the reporters table at the Orissa Assembly today.

Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 17:26 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Leaf plates full of rotten
dal replaced pen and note-book on the reporters table at the
Orissa Assembly today as opposition Congress members disrupted
second day of the budget session demanding action against all
those involved in pulses scam.

Unable to conduct business due to noisy protest and
slogan shouting by Congress MLAs in well, Speaker Pradip Kumar
Amat adjourned the House twice.

The House witnessed pandemonium as soon as it
assembled for the day. Seeking suspension of question hour,
leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh demanded action against
those involved in irregularities of purchase and supply of
rotten pulses to children and pregnant women.

Singh said people responsible for "poisoning" food of
school kids and pregnant mothers must be arrested.

Congress MLAs Anup Sai, Debi Prasad Chand and Subal
Sahu rushed to well holding plates of rotten dal and placed
them on the Speaker`s table which were removed by marshals.

However, Congress members continued their protest by
keeping dal plates on the reporters table. "We collected
rotten dal fed to children and women in various districts,"
said Sai.

Party`s chief whip Prasad Harichandan alleged that
though "spurious" dal were supplied in all the districts, the
vigilance department wound up its probe after investigating
into allegations from only five districts.

However, the BJP members who created disturbance
during governor`s address on the first day of the session
yesterday, were seen participating in the question hours.

Denouncing noise by opposition, Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik said outside the House: "The government is ready to
probe specific allegations if received from other districts".
Patnaik said the state government had already ordered
criminal action against those found guilty.

"Opposition should help in ensuring normalcy
in the house for a healthy debate on any issues," he said.

Terming dal scam as "inhumane", BJP`s Jay Narayan
Mishra demanded a full debate on it.