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Bhubaneswar: Making the Speaker of Odisha Assembly, Surjya Narayan Patro responsible for the unpleasant situation in the House that saw hurling of slippers at the Speaker’s podium and the subsequent suspension of three BJP MLAs, the Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik said that, had he allowed the opposition to put their opinion on the floor, this situation would not have arose.

Addressing a presser in the party office at Bhubaneswar, Naik said, “The Speaker did not allow the Opposition to speak while passing the bill in the House. I stood there waiting for my chance to speak, but was never granted any, which is unconstitutional. So the MLAs got agitated and such a situation arose.”

“He seemed to be under pressure from others to not hear us out,” Naik alleged.

“Not only this, even after the suspension of three BJP MLAs, when many members including the ruling BJD and Congress were busy supporting the ruling, we were not allowed to speak.” He added.

BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra, who was also present at the same press conference went one step further and accused the Speaker of provoking the MLAs by making derogatory statements while on Chair.

“We are mere mortals. The unpleasant situation forced onto us by the Speaker was also the result of days of injustice meted out on the Opposition. From Pari issue to the Mining issue that we wanted to discuss in the House yesterday, The Speaker never allowed any time to the Opposition and helped the ruling party get away with it without having to answer our questions,” alleged Mishra.

Answering a question about his alleged shoe-hurling at the Speaker’s podium, “I have not done anything wrong. And there is no question of apologising to the Speaker. However, if the people of Odisha feel in the same lines, I will not hesitate to apologise to them,” Mishra said.

The BJP is even mulling on bringing impeachment motion against the Speaker for his unconstitutional acts. “Though we do not have enough numbers in the House to bring such a motion, but if the Congress party supports us then we will definitely bring the impeachment motion against him.”

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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