Pandemonium in Odisha Assembly

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly on its second day witnessed pandemonium leading to frequent adjournments as both opposition and treasury bench displayed placards against each other soon after the House condoled death of former member and MP Ainthu Sahu (86), who passed away on Thursday.
 
As Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat called for question hour, the opposition Congress and BJP members rushed to well of the House holding placards on their hands. The treasury bench members also showed their placards condemning the Congress led central government of not releasing any funds for the relief and restoration of cyclone and flood victims.
 
The Opposition Congress and BJP members placards highlighted failure of the state government in the post-cyclone and flood restoration and rehabilitation works, deteriorating law and order in the state and inaction against the authorities of Bhushan Steel Ltd in Dhenkanal district.
 
The Treasury bench also displayed placards on the Central apathy towards the post-cyclone and flood restoration work.
 
As soon as the House was adjourned for the first time till 12 noon, the ruling party members marched to the Gandhi statue inside the assembly premises and sat on a dharna with placards denouncing Central neglect.
 
When the House re-assembled at 12 noon, the scene was repeated forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House again till 3 pm.
 
Earlier, the Speaker had admitted the adjournment notice of opposition Congress for a debate on the admissibility of an adjournment motion on the accident at Bhushan Steel Limited's (BSL) factory at Meramundali in Dhenkanal district.
 
However, the issue could not be taken up for discussion as the House remained adjourned.
 
Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya presented the supplementary budget worth Rs 7,144.58 cr for 2013-14 in the afternoon session.

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