Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Congress MLAs in Odisha Assembly created ruckus today protesting the absence of ministers during important discussions in the House. The protests erupted when lady PEO, Smitarani Biswal's death case came up in Odisha Assembly with Senior Congress Leader Narasingha Mishra raising questions on police investigation in the matter.

Not finding any ministers of the state government present in the House to comment on the issue, Congress MLAs created ruckus and launched a protest.

Following the ruckus, Speaker of the Odisha Assembly issued a directive to the Chief Whip of the ruling party to ask their MLAs to abide by the House rules and ensure that at least one minister remains present at the time of any discussion.

Commenting on the matter, Congress MLA from Kantabanji, Santosh Singh Saluja said, “As per the rules the Odisha Assembly, at least one minister should remain present in the house at the time of a discussion. Apparently the government has no respect for these rules.”

“The absence of ministers and MLAs shows how much respect they have towards the Assembly and the Speaker,” said Leader of Opposition, Pradipta Nayak.

Responding to the allegations, BJD MLA, Amar Satpathy said, “There are many other jobs of a minister for which he/she could be absent, but as per the rules, they should attend the Assembly sessions.”