Dal scam rocks Assembly for second day

Bhubaneswar: Leaf plates full of rotten dal replaced pen and note-book on the reporters table at the state Assembly on Tuesday as opposition Congress members disrupted second day of the budget session demanding action against all those involved in pulses scam.

Unable to conduct business due to noisy protest and slogan shouting by Congress MLAs in well, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House twice.

The House witnessed pandemonium as soon as it assembled for the day. Seeking suspension of question hour, leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh demanded action against those involved in irregularities of purchase and supply of rotten pulses to children and pregnant women.

Singh said people responsible for "poisoning" food of school kids and pregnant mothers must be arrested.

Congress MLAs Anup Sai, Debi Prasad Chand and Subal Sahu rushed to well holding plates of rotten dal and placed them on the Speaker`s table which were removed by marshals.

However, Congress members continued their protest by keeping dal plates on the reporters table. "We collected rotten dal fed to children and women in various districts," said Sai.

Party`s chief whip Prasad Harichandan alleged that though "spurious" dal were supplied in all the districts, the vigilance department wound up its probe after investigating into allegations from only five districts.

However, the BJP members who created disturbance during governor`s address on the first day of the session yesterday were seen participating in the question hours.

Denouncing noise by opposition, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said outside the House: "The government is ready to probe specific allegations if received from other districts".

Patnaik said the state government had already ordered criminal action against those found guilty.

"Opposition should help in ensuring normalcy in the house for a healthy debate on any issues," he said.

Terming dal scam as "inhumane", BJP`s Jay Narayan Mishra demanded a full debate on it.