Cong demands resignation of two ministers
Bhubaneswar: Opposition Congress on Friday demanded resignation of two ministers for alleged fixing of examination centre by higher education department to facilitate Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Majhi to appear in the Plus-III Arts Examination.
Raising the issue during zero hour of Odisha Assembly, senior Congress member S S Saluja held the Higher Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra responsible for change of examination centre for the sports minister.
"Though the sports minister was originally allotted a college at Dabugaon in Nabarangur district as his examination centre, it was later changed to a college at Panabeda in the same area," he claimed.
The sports minister was the president of the governing body of the college at Panabeda and his father Jadab Majhi had established it, Saluja said.
Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh (Cong) demanded resignation of both Patra and Majhi for allegedly manipulating the examination centre for a minister.
"This is not all. The sports minister has been provided all comforts like air-cooler in a single room to write the paper while rest of the candidates are to appear for the examination without even a fan in hot summer," Singh said and demanded to know from the government whether Majhi had produced any medical certificate to appear for the examination in a separate room.
He also asked the government to order a probe into the matter by the police crime branch.
When the opposition members rushed to the well demanding resignation of the two ministers, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the house for 10 minutes.
He also asked the state government to take note of the concerns expressed by the opposition members.