House adjourned over chit fund issue

Bhubaneswar: As expected, day one of second phase of the Budget session of the Odisha Assembly witnessed unruly scenes over the chit fund issue. With both BJP and Congress members raising a din over issue, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House till 3 pm.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, both the parties pressed for a ruling on the notice served earlier for an adjournment motion over the chit fund issue. But the Speaker rejected the proposal and directed to begin the question hour.

Irate over the matter, the legislators rushed to the well of the House and started shouting at the Speaker demanding that the adjournment motion on the issue be taken up. They even tried to snatch the mike of the Speaker. With the situation going beyond control, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 pm.

“We were only demanding that the House must discuss the matter, which is in the larger interests of thousands of poor and gullible investors. The State government had already announced that it will start disbursing the invested money among the small investors from March 15. But it has failed to meet the deadline. And we wanted to know the status on this. But the Speaker adjourned the House,” BJP’s Pradeep Purohit said.

“Besides, we demanded that since Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma has been interrogated by the CBI for his alleged involvement in chit fund scam, he should be removed from the ministry. We are the representative of the people. Is it not our duty to raise our voice for them?” asked he.

The Congress party echoed Purohit.

“We had demanded an adjournment motion in the interest of both the State and the investors. But it is a pity that the Speaker did not accept this. Since it was not accepted, we requested the Speaker that the issue is very important and it needs attention of the House. But all our requests went in vain as he left the House,” Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said.

Meanwhile, the BJD has said all the parties must respect the ruling of the Speaker.

“Whatever the issue may be, we must respect the ruling of the Speaker,” BJD spokesperson Sashibhusan Behera said.