Bhubaneswar: Alleging that Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari presented misleading statement in Odisha Assembly, Sambalpur BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra today moved a privileged motion against the minister in the House.

On July 22, while replying to a query made by Opposition chief whip and Keonjhar BJP MLA Mohan Majhi in the House, Pujari said that no liquor shop has been opened in the State since 2006.

The Sambalpur MLA raised an objection to this minister’s reply in the House today and said if the matter is referred to the privilege committee, he will give a detailed data on how many liquor shops have opened in the State in the last 12 years.

“For presenting wrong statement in the House, I have moved the privilege notice as per Rule 140 of the State Assembly,” Mishra said.

Comments from the Minister on the privilege motion moved against him could not be obtained.