Assembly stalled over dal scam

Bhubaneswar: Amidst pandemonium, the state assembly was stalled over dal scam with frequent adjournments as Congress members stormed into the well demanding probe into irregularities in supply of pulses for mid-day meal (MDM) and other schemes in all 30 districts.

Raising the issue, Congress stalwart and leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh accused BJD government of failing to keep its promise made at an all-party meet about probe into scam in supply of dal for MDM and supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) meant for children and pregnant women.

Though the government had promised to produce all information and documents relating to the scam before the house, it was yet to do so, he claimed during zero hour.

Similarly, the state government was yet to widen the purview of investigation by the anti-corruption vigilance department to cover all the 30 districts of the state, Singh said adding the probe was still confined to five districts.

Angry over government`s failure to keep its word, Congress legislators trooped into the well shouting slogans and creating noisy scenes to press their demand.

BJP members resorted to slogan shouting to attack the government from their seats.

As uproarious scenes appeared repeatedly and appeals from the Chair for restoration of order went unheeded, the house was adjourned six times.