Winter session of Orissa session likely to be stormy

The Winter session of Orissa Assembly starting on Monday is set to be stormy with Opposition parties sharpening their armoury to corner the BJD government.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 21:25 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: The Winter session of Orissa Assembly starting on Monday is set to be stormy with Opposition parties sharpening their armoury to corner the BJD government
in wake of High Court declaring land acquisition for the Rs 15,000 crore proposed Vedanta University as illegal.

With the high court last week quashing the land acquisition made by the state government for the proposed world class university, both Congress and BJP are gearing up to mount a blistering attack on the ruling BJD and demand resignation of Naveen Patnaik over the issue.

The ruling BJD, on its part, worked out strategies to face the opposition attack over Vedanta and other issues like Maoist menace, corruption and mining scam during the
month-long session.

Leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh, who has been demanding resignation of Patnaik ever since the HC pronounced its verdict on Vedanta University, said Congress would raise the issue of illegalities committed by the government with full steam and ask the chief minister to step down forthwith.

"After the HC verdict, the BJD government has lost all rights to remain in power as all illegal actions have been exposed," he said.

Speaking in similar vein, leader of BJP legislature party KV Singh Deo said the BJD government would be cornered for a number of irregularities including Vedanta project for which chief minister`s resignation is being demanded.

Opposition parties have also planned campaigns outside the Assembly to press for Patnaik`s resignation with Congress leaders likely to petition Governor MC Bhandare.

Unfazed by opposition onslaught, the chief minister said the government is prepared to face any challenge and for discussion on any issue. He maintained that his government has always been transparent in its functioning.

PTI