Soon after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik briefed the Odisha Assembly on decentralised grievances cell by the officials of the CMO, the Leader of Opposition (LoP) Jayanarayan Mishra on Monday posed counter questions.
Mishra questioned, “What defines the CMO? Is a Secretary equivalent to the office?” The Leader of Opposition further alleged that there is absolutely no clarity over CM Naveen Patnaik’s statements. For the first time, a question of the LoP was omitted, he said.
“When a leader of the House or the Leader of the Opposition speaks, they have the right to complete their statements, no matter how much time it takes as per the provision. It is now three days that they (State government) have not answered our questions. We asked for details about the areas visited by the 5T Secretary, what grievances were received, how many were resolved, and what were the expenses incurred on such tours. The CM never responds and today out of nowhere he came up with a statement. But we never asked for it. The CM never meets ministers, how will he meet people,” questioned Mishra.
Senior Congress leader, Narasingha Mishra said, “CM Naveen Patnaik came and gave a statement. I could not hear through the equipment which was also corroborated by others. However, the ruling party members were beating the benches.” Mishra further said that whenever a statement is issued, a copy is usually given, but not today.
“Adjournment motion was moved but it was not taken up without any reason. When questions are being asked, no answer is given or rejected,” he added.
Responding to the Opposition's allegations, BJD leader, Pratap Deb said, “We are here for the people and development. The CMO is visiting people’s doorstep. If the Opposition doesn’t want development in their areas, they should give it in writing.”