Assembly winter session is likely to be stormy

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of Odisha Assembly beginning tomorrow is likely to be stormy with opposition Congress set to corner the government over land scam and non-utilisation of Central funds and ruling BJD planning to rake its pet issue of Central negligence.

"We will raise issues like central negligence of the state, delay in providing flood assistance, price rise and disparity in sanction of backward region grant funds to the state," chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters.

Stating that Central assistance to the state was "too little and too late," Patnaik said the ruling BJD would move a motion over the Centre`s negligence towards the state. "We will also raise the issue relating to Odisha`s demand for special category state status," the chief minister said. Congress on the other hand chalked out its strategies at the Legislature Party meeting presided over by the leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh.

"The Congress will ask the state government to submit a comparative figure on the amounts released to the state by the UPA government and the previous NDA government in which, the ruling BJD was a constituent," said Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan after the CLP meeting.

While the BJP legislature party meet was scheduled to be held tomorrow before the commencement of the session, the NCP`s four member legislature party decided to raise issues affecting farmers. The session, scheduled to conclude on December 31, would have 19 working days.