Vikash Sharma

The first day of Odisha Assembly’s Budget Session began with the address of Governor Rabhubar Das who spoke for around 1 hour and 58 minutes in the House on Monday. However, the Congress members staged a walkout.

Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra alleged that the Odisha government was using the Governor to praise and pat its own back.

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“Usually Governors read out the speech prepared by the state governments. Today, after (Odisha) Governor spoke for long hours, I told him Kings earlier used to hire some people to listen to their own praise, likewise, the Odisha government is using you in a similar fashion which is unfortunate,” said Mishra.

The facts presented by the Odisha Governor on the instructions of the state government are not correct.

“On January 3, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Lower Suktel irrigation project. During the event, I had told the CM that he was inaugurating an incomplete project. Today, Governor said that the Lower Suktel Project has been inaugurated and facility made to irrigate lands of farmers. Likewise, there are other things which are not based on facts,” the senior Congress said.

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Mishra further alleged that usually Governor highlights the works to be taken up by the state government. There was no mention of such things.

“There is no vision, how unemployment can be checked, how to stop labour migration, checking crime against women, filling up vacancies, all such issues were not taken up,” Mishra added.