Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: The third day of Odisha Assembly started on a stormy note today with BJP members creating ruckus inside the House alleging unholy nexus between Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra.

Following the pandemonium, Speaker Pradeep Amat adjourned the House till 3 pm today and has reportedly convened an all party meeting.

The BJP MLAs trooped into the Well of the House and raised slogans calling the unholy nexus a bad omen for Odisha. Subsequently, they stepped out and staged demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue outside the Assembly.

During the protest, the saffron party MLAs were seen holding posters with caricatures of CM Naveen, Mishra and Bhupinder Singh.

BJP legislature party leader KV Singh Deo said, “Ex-Congress MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria, in a letter, has said that the nexus between CM Naveen and senior leaders of Congress is putting a negative effect on Odisha. He had also alleged that the Kunduli rape incident was also carelessly handled.”

On the other hand Mishra said, "BJP and BJD are like brothers and it has been proved at many instances. Since their chance of winning the upcoming elections looks bleak, they are blabbering. On what issue has Congress remained mum to criticise the government? We have always raised voice against the misdeeds of the State government."

Responding to BJP's allegation, BJD spokesperson Puspendra Singhdeo said, "BJD is maintaining equidistance from both the BJP and the Congress; we have raised the issue of Central negligence several times in the past and it seems opposition is not aware of such things."