Odisha Assembly set for stormy monsoon session

Bhubaneswar: With 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls round the corner, the Opposition Congress and BJP have trained their guns to corner the ruling BJD in the eight-day monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly starting Tuesday.
 
While the Opposition Congress, under the leadership of Bhupinder Singh has decided to target the Naveen Patnaik government over issues like social security for women and the multi-crore chit fund scam in the State, the saffron party will mainly raise issues including unemployment, eyeing youth vote bank. 
 
“Law and order situation has worsened in Odisha and women are feeling insecure even in the day. Not only women, in these days nobody’s life is secured and for this the State government is completely responsible,” rued Singh.
 
The party which had earlier demanded CBI inquiry into the chit fund scam, has decided to stall the House seeking white paper on it. Party sources said, it will also raise the farmer suicide issue in the House. 
 
“In the past 13 years, the State government’s ignorance towards issues of farmers has come to the fore with the rise in farmer suicides in Odisha due to lack of fair price for their produce,” stated the Congress leader. 
 
On the other hand, the BJP has also geared up to nail the ruling party with a host of issues.  
 
“Instead of only announcing special youth policy, the State government must concentrate on creating more and more employment opportunities to retain talent in the State. For sure, it (State govt) has completely failed to generate employment opportunities for the youth,” said Jaynarayan Mishra, leader of the BJP Legislature party.
 
Besides, amid public demand to set up permanent High Court bench in Sambalpur, the saffron party is also eyeing to cash in on the issue.
 
The ruling BJD, however is confident of a smooth sailing of the session with a bunch of issues to counter the duo. 
 
“During this Assembly session, amongst them will be special category status for Odisha; the revision of mineral royalty which is has been very late and for which the State is losing Rs 5cr a day; the export of onions and price rise of other essential commodities which is hurting the people of the State,” chief minister Naveen Patnaik told media after the BJD Legislature Party meeting.