Cong lacks support, notice to remove Speaker rejected in House

Bhubaneswar: The notice served by the Congress for adoption of a resolution seeking Speaker’s removal was rejected in the Odisha Assembly today due to lack of support. As per the Assembly rules and procedures, support of at least 28 members is required for such resolution while main Opposition lacked only one member as 27 members including independent MLAs Jitu Patnaik and Braja Pradhan favored the proposal.
 
The Congress members rushed to the well and created pandemonium following the rejection while BJD members shouted anti-Congress slogan after Speaker assumed the chair again.
 
Expecting discussion on the issue, the BJD on Tuesday issued whip to all its legislators asking them to be present in the House on Wednesday and Thursday. The Congress was also confident of acquiring required number of support.
 
Accusing the Speaker of partiality, Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan served the notice signed by 27 members on March 13. According to Assembly guidelines, discussion is held after 14 working days since notice was served.
 
“We have brought this notice against the Speaker in order to apprise the people of the State that how Assembly rules are violated”, Cong chief whip Prasad Harichandan had said. On the other hand, BJD had termed Congress’s move as ‘unfortunate’.