Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

After holding an all-party meet over conducting smooth business in the upcoming winter session of Odisha Assembly, the Odisha Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro today talks tough on the unruly legislators. 

"In the all-party meet today, I shared with the floor leaders of all parties about the resolutions passed in the 82nd All India Presiding Officers Conference (AIPOC) held in Shimla earlier this month. I made a proposal to the floor leaders that legislators should not disrupt the Governor’s address and Question Hour. Opposition leaders spoke about constitutional rights. We took note of it and recorded their viewpoints, " said Speaker SN Patro.

While the Speaker has hastened to add that abiding by the new rules depends completely on the individual MLAs conscience and behaviour, he, however, added that law will take its own course. If anyone violates the rules, action will be taken as per the Assembly's rule and procedures, he observed.

Earlier on November 23, Patro had announced that legislators will not be allowed to create ruckus or pandemonium during the Governor’s address and Question Hour in the upcoming Assembly session. He then had said that this is the unanimous decision at the 82nd AIPOC held recently. 

Meanwhile, the Speaker today provided the details of the daily sessions in the Winter Session that is commencing from December 1. In the 26-day session, the Supplementary Budget will be presented on the first day at 5 pm. 

The speaker has informed that a total of 90 minutes has been fixed for the adjournment motions. The Opposition has been allotted 55 minutes and the ruling party 35 minutes, including the minister's answer.

He further added that, of the 6 days in a week, the main Opposition party- BJP - has been allowed to move adjournment in four days, Congress will get 2 days.