Bhubaneswar: The Opposition parties on Friday once again created ruckus in Odisha Assembly over the delay in appointment of Lokayukta and alleged that the State government has filed a false affidavit in the Supreme Court.
Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra today once again lashed out at the ruling-BJD government accusing it of filing false affidavit regarding the implementation of the Odisha Lokayukta Act, 2013.
The Naveen government filed a false affidavit in the SC stating that the Lokayukta Act has already been implemented in the State from January 16, 2015, said Mishra in the Odisha Assembly today.
The senior Congress leader also dared the Chief Minister to prove him wrong and said he should present the Gazette notification, the Act number and the year related to the notification before the Assembly.
"I will apologize in front of the whole Assembly, if I am proved wrong," said Mishra.
As per reports, the LoP brought the allegations against the State government referring to the apex court's April 19 observation wherein it stated that the Odisha Lokayukta Act, 2014 has come into force with effect from January 16, 2015.
Besides, Mishra said that the treasury bench criticizing the SC is unfortunate and the Chief Minister must clarify and apologize.
The BJP also launched a scathing attack on the State government for allegedly filing wrong affidavit in the SC with party MLA Pradip Purohit stating that BJD legislators are trying to shield the CM on the false affidavit issue. He demanded CM Naveen’s clarification in the House.
Government chief whip, Amar Prasad Satpathy, on the other hand said that the State government neither submitted any false affidavit nor criticized the SC.
"We have utmost respect for the apex court. But there has been some misinterpretation in the SC’s observation. In the affidavit, it is stated that the Odisha Lokayukta Act, 2014 will come into force and nowhere is it mentioned that the Act has already been implemented," Satpathy added.
BJD general secretary, Sanjay Das Burma said that the Opposition must be patient in the House and listen to the other side, but their deliberate attempt to disturb the House is condemnable.