Four Bills tabled in Assembly amid heavy uproar

Bhubaneswar: Even as pandemonium in Odisha Assembly showed no sign of abetment for the tenth successive day with Opposition members remaining adamant over discussion on multi-crore chit fund scam, four important bills – Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, Appropriation Bill, Indian Stamp (Odisha Amendment) Bill and Survey & Settlement Bills – were presented before the House was adjourned for third time today.

Soon after the House met for the day, Congress members created noise as the Speaker barred Opposition chief whip to speak. The Speaker adjourned the House till 11.30 am and again 12.15 pm when he failed to restore normalcy.

When the House re-assembled at 12.15 pm, the Opposition members turned furious and threw banners at the Speaker’s podium. Though they created a huge uproar, Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill was presented by Cooperation minister Damodar Rout followed by other three Bills amid all the hullaballoo.

Commenting on the development, Rout said, “It seems the Speaker is not using his constitutional powers properly to run the House. The Assembly failed to function as the members of both Opposition and ruling party are going in wrong ways.”

However, reacting to Rout’s remarks, Finance minister Pradip Amat asserted that the House is running as per the constitutional norms and Rout’s comments are his personal view.

However, Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra pointed out that Rout is a Cabinet minister, so his statement is equivalent to that of the Chief Minister’s words. “Why are not they ousting such a Speaker?” Mishra asked.