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Pradeep Pattanayak

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to have a new opposition leader before the commencement of the Monsoon session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly, informed party MLA Kusum Tete on Sunday. 

“Due to the absence of our leader, we are not getting our due importance in the House. If we don’t have our leader during the coming Monsoon session, we will have problems. We will be facing problems in raising several issues,” said Tete. 

“The Congress party is cashing in on our situation,” she claimed. 

“We have sent a proposal to party president J P Nadda, informing him about the necessity of appointing a new opposition leader. There are several senior and experienced leaders and any one of them is able to deliver the best,” added the legislator. 

The lawmaker also informed that they have also apprised state president Samir Mohanty of the proposal. 

Notably, the number of BJP legislators in the Odisha Legislative Assembly is 22. 

The monsoon session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly will begin on July 2 and continue till August 4. It will have 24 working days. 

State Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari is set to present the full-fledged budget for 2022-23 financial year on the first day of the session. 

Ahead of the session, Speaker Bikram Keshari Arukha has called an all-party meeting on June 29.

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