A water-tight security has been put in place for Odisha Assembly Monsoon Session which is about to kick start from Wednesday (September 1).
Odisha Police DG Abhay reviewed the security arrangements at the Assembly today before the commencement of the Monsoon Session.
Briefing about the preparations, the Twin City Commissioner of Police Soumendra Priyadarshi said, 35 platoons of police force will be deployed for ensuring security in and around the Assembly premises. A three-tier security force, QAT and striking force will also be engaged to prevent any undue situation at the picket site (Dharna Sthal) in lower PMG.
The Monsoon Session will commence from September 1 and will continue till September 9.
Meanwhile, the Opposition political outfits and the ruling party in the State have geared up with their strategies to take on each other in the highest lawmaking body in the State.
Though the session timing has been restricted this edition, the opposition parties are believed to have prepared themselves to corner the government on various conflagrating issues like drought situation, Staff Selection Commission (SSC) recruitment scam, rural housing scam, COVID management irregularities.
This apart, topics like Minister Pratap Jena's name in Mahanga double murder case, irregularities and mismanagement in paddy procurement, deteriorating law and order situation in the State, and caste card politics are also likely to take centre stage when the lawmakers meet for the session.
The Congress has said that it will target the government by taking up subjects of the drought situation, multiple scams, price boom, rising violence against women, farmer distress and acute shortage of teaching faculties.
On the other hand, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has exuded confidence that it is ready to face all debates and discussions with its own strategy. The ruling party has said that it would counter the Opposition with issues of caste census, increasing 50% reservation quota, and farmers' suffering with crop insurance schemes among others.
BJP's Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra said, "Issue on Law Minister Pratap Jena's alleged involvement in Mahanga double murder case will certainly be an enormous milieu at the Assembly sitting. The BJP will also question the ruling government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the State."
On the other hand, Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja said, "Starting from the drought to the deteriorating law and order, and multiple scams of the government to Mahanga case, we will take up everything at the session."
However, BJD MLA Amar Prasad Satpathy said, "Considering our past experience, it seems that the Opposition parties will certainly try to halt Assembly's Monsoon session proceedings. We urge them not to focus on creating ruckus at the forum rather discuss with the government in formulating better strategies for the development and welfare of the State."