Bhubaneswar: The Orissa Assembly was Friday
adjourned following an uproar in the House over the alleged bribes for MPs by UPA-I to survive the trial of strength in the Parliament at the height of crisis on Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008.
The issue was raised by ruling BJD member Kalpataru Das during the Zero Hour demanding resignation of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh. The treasury bench supported Das and
sought an unanimous resolution in the House against the UPA-I
government`s alleged act.
Describing Congress as "habitual" in bribery cases,
BJP supported Independent member Pratap Sarangi also supported
BJD lawmakers, who were demanding passing of a resolution
condemning UPA government at Centre.
Alleging that the Prime Minister had earned "shame"
for the entire nation by bribing MPs, former minister and
senior BJD MLA Rabi Nanda said, "The Prime Minister should
immediately resign from his post."
Defending the UPA government, Congress member Anup Sai and Debi Prasanna Chand rejected the allegation claiming that
democracy was in danger in Orissa under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik.
Congress members statement evoked sharp protest from the treasury bench where BJD members shouted slogans against
the Prime Minister and the UPA government.
As the Congress members rushed to well of the House to
lodge their protest and BJD MLAs on their feet, Speaker Pradip
Kumar Amat adjourned the House till 3 PM.