Congmen meet Guv, demand President’s rule in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Peeved over the ruling BJD’s alleged dictatorial attitude in the ongoing budget session, Congress legislators, led by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, on Saturday called on Governor SC Jamir at the Raj Bhawan here and submitted a memorandum demanding President’s rule in Odisha.

They also sought the resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and removal of chit fund commission head Justice MM Das whose remark on chit fund investors sparked off a controversy a few days back.

“We can no more tolerate the dictatorship of the ruling party. We in the Opposition tried our best to help the Speaker run the House. But they (ruling members) are in no mood to cooperate with us. So we placed our demand before the Governor that President’s rule should be invoked in the State,” Mishra stated.

“What is more shocking is that members of the ruling party are openly bragging that they would not let the Opposition members speak in the House,” he said.

“This being the attitude of the ruling party members, it is impossible to run the House,” Mishra said.

“As a Constitutional crisis has emerged in the State due to deadlock in the House for the past four days, the chief minister must resign,” he maintained.