Speaker to make fresh bid today to end Assembly impasse

Bhubaneswar: After the all-party meet held on Saturday failed to yield any result, Speaker Niranjan Pujari will convene the meeting again today in an effort to end the logjam in Odisha Assembly.

The House has faced repeated adjournments for the last seven days over the deposit of Rs 8 crore in BJD account in a day, alleged chit fund links of ruling party and ouster of Justice MM Das, head of the commission of inquiry on the chit fund scam.

The meeting will be held at 9.30 am today, sources said. Opposition Congress and BJP have demanded that chief minister Naveen Patnaik must attend the meeting.

The Speaker had to shift the meeting to today after the one on Saturday remained inconclusive.

Congress MLAs led by Narasingha Mishra had met Governor SC Jamir at the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday.

They demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging that democracy was in peril in the State, imposition of President’s rule in case the chief minister does not step down and removal of chit fund commission head Justice MM Das.