HC lawyers term W Odisha bandh
Cuttack: Even as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today invited representatives of Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Associations (AWOBA) for dialogue to clear the impasse due to the ongoing bandh in the region, the High Court Bar Association called for ceasework tomorrow protesting the nature of stir being observed by the western Odisha lawyers.
"We don’t oppose a permanent High Court bench in the west part of the State but we are protesting the way lawyers are observing bandh,” High Court Bar association secretary said terming the agitation as undemocratic.
The State assembly, which is in session, witnessed logjam over the issue of High Court bench. Not only the opposition Congress and BJP but the ruling party members as well were also supported the demand leading to repeated adjournment of the House. The bandh in the western region was echoed in the assembly on the initial day with the Congress and BJP members storming the well that forced Speaker P Amat to adjourn the House eight times.
Similar scene was witnessed in the second day as the opposition parties were adamant on a discussion over the issue to which government denied citing model code of conduct for civic polls in force. However, the government has agreed for a talk with the agitating lawyers after getting nod from the State Election Commission today in this regard.