Horse-trading: BJP MLAs sit demands debate

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Assembly on Saturday witnessed uproarious scenes as opposition Congress and BJP MLAs demanded a debate on alleged horse trading during last year's Rajya Sabha polls and "deteriorating" law and order situation across the state.

The opposition members rushed to the well and raised slogans demanding the debate as speaker Pradip Kumar Amat asked the cooperation minister Prafulla Samal to proceed with the amendment Bill of his department.

While BJP members sat on dharna in the well, Congress MLAs were up accusing the government of fearing discussion on important issues.

"As today is the last day of the monsoon session, the speaker should allow discussion on issues concerning public interest," Leader of the Opposition Leader, Bhupinder Singh of Congress said.

Suggesting the speaker to extend the session by some days if the government feels that important bills are not passed, Singh said he was denied opportunity to speak during the question hour.

Opposition members also demanded tabling of Lokpal's special report in the House as directed by the Governor. However, the speaker, did not listen to the opposition members. "Even he did not accept two privilege motions moved by our members," Singh alleged.

Amat, however, said that he could not allow any discussion on adjournment motion due to pendency of several bills.