Orissa opposition continue dharna inside assembly
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 18:29
Bhubaneswar: Opposition members continued their sit-in inside the Orissa assembly for the second day today to protest against sine die adjournment of Orissa Assembly, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Members of Congress and BJP, who launched the dharna terming the early adjournment of the Assembly as "undemocratic and unconstitutional", continued their sit-in through the night.

Though the government claimed there was no important business left, Opposition legislators demanded resumption of the Assembly and decided to ask the Governor not to prorogue the House which was to run till December 19.

Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan and BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo said the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Orissa Bill, 2009 was deferred till next session despite the government's claim that there was no business to transact.

Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh and Harichandan said the House was adjourned in a hurried manner as the government was afraid of facing the opposition over the multi-crore mining scam.

Stating that the move came after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was targetted by opposition for alleged involvement in the mining scam, Harichandan said the government failed to show decency to consult opposition before deciding to adjourn the House indefinitely.

Harichandan said the BAC in its meeting held on December 2 had also decided to allot December 8 for Private Members' Business.

"We bring to your kind notice that in the last budget session there was no Private Members Business day in the entire sitting period of 30 days and this was a clear violation of rules, procedure and conduct of business of the assembly and the constitution," Congress and BJP MLAs said in a joint memorandum to the Governor.

Based on the calendar of sitting till December 19, questions were submitted by members so also adjournments, calling attentions on various important issues, Bhupinder Singh said.

There were also important issues related to IFCAI Private University Bill and naming of Central University in the name of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Dash which were half way discussed, he said.

"The sudden adjournment without consulting the opposition is an indication that government is not prepared to face burning issues of the state," he said.

The leaders pointed out that under the rules and procedure and conduct of business in the assembly, in every calendar year the assembly should have no less than three sessions with minimum of 60 sitting days.

The opposition would not only continue dharna inside the house but also conduct a 'special session', the leaders said.


First Published: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 18:29

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