The Odisha Assembly on Saturday witnessed a ruckus by the Opposition BJP over the suspension of its two party MLAs- Mohan Charan Majhi and Mukesh Mahaling for allegedly throwing pulses at the Speaker’s podium while the business was underway in the House on Thursday.
Following the development, Speaker Pramila Mallik adjourned the House till 4 pm.
While preparation was being made for the question hour of the Assembly, BJP members moved to the well of the House and staged protest against the suspension of the party MLAs by showing posters and shouting slogans against the ruling party.
BJP leaders demanded withdrawal of the suspension of its two MLAs and to expunge the derogatory ‘mental disorder’ statement of ruling party leader Arun Sahu directed at the Leader of the Opposition from the record of the House.
As the demands of BJP leaders were not accepted, they created pandemonium and halted the functioning of the House. As the functioning of the House could not be normalised, the Speaker was forced to adjourn the House till 4 pm.
It remains to be seen whether the functioning of the House at 4 pm will be normal or not when there will be a discussion on the budget allocation of the Mass Education and Panchayati Raj Departments.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Mohan Charan Majhi has denied the allegation against him of throwing pulses at the Speaker’s podium.
As per Majhi, the decision of the Speaker is unfortunate as she took the decision without watching the visuals.