Rashmi Ranjan

The Opposition BJP and the Congress targeted the ruling BJD for sine-die adjournment of the Budget Session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly ahead of schedule.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJD, the BJP alleged that as the ruling party failed to respond to questions raised by the Opposition, they adjourned the assembly sine die ahead of schedule.

Addressing media, the leader of Opposition and senior BJP MLA, Jayanarayan Mishra said. “The key of Ratna Bhandar of Puri Srimandir is duplicate, medicines are duplicate, the 5T department is duplicate. Thus, the BJD is a duplicate government.”

“The government did not bother to answer our questions in the House. We will raise this issue before the public,” the saffron party leader said.

Similarly, the Congress also criticized the adjournment of the House ahead of schedule.

Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said the BJD adjourned the House sine die ahead of schedule fearing trouble during important discussions on key issues like Mahanadi water crisis, Naba Das murder case among others.

“When CM Naveen announced his Japan visit, it was quite clear that he will remain absent during discussions on Mahanadi water crisis. When the CM will remain absent on such important discussion then there is no point of having it. The decision to adjourn the House sine die was a unilateral decision of the BJD and none form the Opposition was in favour,” Mishra said.

Responding to the allegations, the ruling BJD said the Opposition is just doing drama in the House.

“Everyone knows what the Opposition members did during the budget session. They created ruckus and did not allow the House to run smoothly,” said Prasanta Muduli, chief whip of the ruling party.

The budget session, which began on February 21, was slated to continue till April 6 in two phases.

(Reported by Harihar Chand, OTV)