Mrunal Manmay Dash

Accusing Minister of State (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra of polluting Odisha Assembly by putting his steps inside the House, Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati on Saturday sprinkled Ganga Jal on the Assembly floor in a bid to ‘purify’ the Assembly.

MoS Mishra has been accused of having links with Gobinda Sahu- the prime accused in the murder of Mamita Meher, the lady school teacher of Sunshine English Medium School in Mahaling, Kalahandi.

The Jeypore MLA, donning the attire of a priest, performed puja in the Assembly to purify it. His act received support of the main Opposition in the House with the BJP members too creating ruckus in the Assembly by beating gongs and bells protesting Mishra. Following the ruckus, Speaker Surjya Narayan Patra adjourned the House till 4 pm.

Speaking to the media, Bahinipati said, “Minister Mishra put his unholy steps in the temple of democracy and polluted it. I sprinkled Ganga Jal, cow urine and basil leaves on the floor to purify it.”

“Mishra should be investigated for his alleged role in the brutal murder of Mamita Meher. He should not step inside the Assembly,” he added.

Similarly, Deputy Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly, Bishnu Sethi said, “Chief Minister’s statement does not change the fact that Mamita was murdered and Minister Mishra has also been accused of having involvement in the case. Nonetheless, CM Naveen never said anything on our demand of removing the Minister and bringing in CBI to probe the case.”

However, the ruling Biju Janata Dal refuted the allegations and said that even after the CM stated that there will be free and fair investigation, the opposition is doing drama by such protests in the House.

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