Congress, BJP walk out of Assembly

Bhubaneswar: State Assembly witnessed walkout by opposition Congress and BJP over different issues on the opening day of budget session today while an NCP MLA sought protection following an attack allegedly by activists of the ruling BJD during rural polls in Dhenkanal district.

As the House took up motion of thanks to the Governor for his address, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh of Congress slammed the BJD government alleging misuse of official machinery during recent panchayat elections.

"Our MLAs were detained by police for hours together and prevented from campaigning in rural polls," Singh claimed before leading a walk out.

BJP members too staged a walkout after a while when NCP MLA from Dhenkanal Naveen Nanda narrated how Dhenkanal district police failed to provide him protection. "Miscreants attacked me and my vehicle even at the police station," Nanda said drawing attention of Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat.

"The miscreants detained my car and assaulted me near Pingua square. I informed the deputy inspector general (DIG) who advised me to go to police station. They again attacked me when I was at the police station," Nanda said adding his life was under threat as the Superintendent of Police (SP), Dhenkanal failed to protect him.

"It is a serious matter. The SP of Dhenkanal has made insulting remark against an honourable member of this august house," NCP legislature party leader Amar Prasad Satpathy said demanding a statement from the government.

"If Nanda is guilty, hang him. But SP cannot make such insulting remark in media," Satpathy said.