Stormy winter session of Odisha Assembly on cards

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Bhubaneswar: The month-long winter session of the Odisha Assembly starting here on Thursday is likely to be a stormy affair with Opposition Congress gearing up to put the government on mat on several issues, including law and order, and rehabilitation of cyclone-affected people.
 
Besides, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also decided to raise a host of issues including Bhushan mishap and the state finance minister Prasanna Acharya’s alleged “stop-funding” statement in a public meeting to corner the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD.
 
“We feel the deteriorating law and order situation in the State following the spurt in criminal activities. Also, the state government has not yet been able to make proper rehabilitation of the cyclone-hit people for which many have resorted to begging. Farmer suicide is on the rise in Odisha and no mandis have been opened in many places so far, forcing the farmers for distress sale of produce. What the government is doing?” asked leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh.
 
“In Bhushan case, the PAC had suggested the district administration to ask the company to take proper labour safety measures. But the company threw all safety norms to the wind and the government was a mere spectator to the recent accident that claimed two lives and left many injured,” stated he.
 
On the other hand, the saffron party has alleged that the ruling government was responsible for the price rise of essential commodities in the state.
 
“The government has completely failed to foresee the situation in case of potato and onion price rise for which the common men suffered a lot. What it did a week later, by importing the tuber from other states, the same could have been done a fort night ago?” asked senior BJP leader Karendra Majhi.
 
“In any case we are not going to let the government go,” added the legislator.
 
However the ruling party remains undeterred and said it is ready to face the voice of the Opposition.
 
“Whatever issues the Opposition brings up, we are ready to discuss in the floor of House,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.
 
“We shall be taking several issues in the forthcoming assembly session. Almost a month after the cyclone and flood the PM promised Rs 1000 cr as an advance but not one rupee has arrived yet. Also the price rise due to the central government, the devaluation of rupee, our demand for special category status, and the non-revision of royalty will be the issues we’ll raise in the Assembly,” added the party supremo.

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