Bhubaneswar: The Opposition Congress and
BJP MLAs continued their boycott of the Orissa assembly for
the sixth day today demanding resignation of two ministers for
their alleged involvement in the multi-crore linkage coal scam
as an all party meeting failed to end the stalemate.
"Business of the assembly will continue in the
interest of people," Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat told reporters
after presiding over the all party meeting.
The all party meet which failed to take any decision
yesterday due to absence of the Chief Minister, was
reconvened by the Speaker today.
Though it was attended by Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik, leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh, BJP legislature
party leader K V Singhdeo, NCP leader Amar Prasad Satpathy and
CPI leader Adikanda Sethi, the meeting failed to break the
Opposition Congress and BJP which had been demanding
resignation of School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena
and Urban and Housing Minister Badri Narayan Patra, however,
stuck to its stand and told the Speaker that they would not
return to the House unless the two ministers resign.
Appeals by the Speaker, Chief Minister and others
had no impact, even as Amat urged the Opposition MLAs to
return to the house in the interest of people.
"I requested the Opposition to cooperate in running
the House. But they are adamant," Chief Minister Patnaik said
adding he had already rejected Opposition demand on removal of
the two ministers.