Mrunal Manmay Dash

"The government might not have any, but we had enough business for discussion in the House," said Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra targeting the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led Odisha government over the premature conclusion of the Assembly Winter Session.

Mishra said that the government itself called the Assembly session and scheduled it for 40 days, but they retracted their steps just after four days.

"It shows their cowardice nature. They did not have any answers to the questions by the Opposition. They did not have any business left. But, what about the Opposition? We had enough business left in the Assembly. What about the problems of our Constituencies? Where will we raise the problems associated with them?” Mishra questioned.

“If they really wanted the welfare of the tribals, the proposed tribal land transfer bill should have been trashed. There was no need to send it to the TAC for reconsideration. It is therefore evident that the government closed the Assembly way before its scheduled end just because they could not face us and feared to tell the truth in the House,” he added.

The Winter Session of the Odisha Assembly concluded way ahead of its schedule on Friday after running for just four days. It was scheduled to remain in session till December 30, 2023.

While the Opposition termed it a cowardly act and the murder of democracy by the Odisha government, the ruling BJD cited that there is no business left for the House to assemble.

Ruling party Chief Whip, Prashant Muduli said, “We have discussed the adjournment motion in the House. The House does not have any business left. A lot of other MLAs are busy in their respective Constituencies. We have all seen how the Opposition behaved in the Assembly in the first two days. Looking at all this, the House decided to end this session.”