Sharmili Mallick

The ongoing winter session of Odisha Assembly again witnessed noisy scenes on the third day on Friday as opposition BJP and Congress created ruckus in the House demanding the ouster of Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra over his alleged complicity with the main accused of Kalahandi school teacher Mamita Meher murder case.

Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro had to adjourn the House first from 10.30 am till 11.30 am and then till 4 pm as the BJP and Congress members remained firm on their demand for the removal of Mishra from the State Cabinet.

As soon as the house met for the day to transact business, MLAs from the Opposition parties trooped to the well of the House with placards urging the Speaker to initiate action against the Minister.

The BJP legislators later sprinkled Gangajal and cow-dung water in the premises of the Odisha Assembly. They said that the entry of Mishra, who is being linked with the sensational Mamita Meher murder case, to the House has made the holy place impious.

Speaking to OTV outside the House, opposition chief whip (BJP) and MLA Mohan Majhi said "We demanded two things in the House- removal of Minister Mishra from the Cabinet and CBI probe to ensure a fair investigation into the Mamita Meher murder case. But when we raised the issues during the Question Hour, Speaker adjourned the House proceedings. Besides, CM Naveen is shielding Minister Mishra. We will continue our agitation until our demands are fulfilled,” warned Majhi.

“Unless Minister Mishra is removed and arrested, we will continue out stir. Congress condemns the attempt of the BJD to suppress the matter in the House,” Taraprasad Bahinipati slammed the ruling party in Odisha.