Ruckus continues in Odisha assembly on chit fund issue

Bhubaneswar: Ruckus continued in the Odisha Assembly on Wednesday for the 12th consecutive day due to uproar by opposition Congress and BJP members who were demanding a debate on the chit fund issue.

BJP today walked out of the House as the Speaker rejected their demands of allowing a debate in the chit fund issue and circulation of bills in Odia language along with English translation.

As there is no order in the House and Speaker does not listen to opposition, Congress legislatures do walk out of the proceeding, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said before he led the walkout.

BJP also followed the and asked Speaker Niranjan Pujari as to why he reserved ruling on the matter relating to introduction of bills in Odia language.

“We are also walking out of the House,” BJP state president and senior member K V Singhdeo said while appealing to the Speaker to review or reconsider his ruling of not allowing a debate on the chit fund issue.

Terming it unfortunate that the Assembly passes Bills prepared in English copy without having Odia version, Mishra said his party has been opposing such violation of rules under Orissa Official language Act, 1954.

He said though Congress members are interested to participating in the Bills, they are unable to do so as the bills are being passed in violation of the law.

The Congress leader also referred a letter of Chief Secretary issued on November 2012 where it is said that the English translation of Odia bills should be introduced in the Assembly. “We are also totally opposed to passing of the bills without thorough discussion in the House,” he said.

The Speaker, however, said that there is nothing illegal in passing of the bills in English language as per the practice in the Odisha Assembly.

Mishra, however, said that the Congress members cannot make compromise on the issues relating to the use of Odia as official language of the state.

Mishra also wanted to know why the Chief Secretary’s letter on the Odia as an official language was not circulated in the Business Advisory Committee meeting.

“We want the Speaker to adjourn the House as the bills are not in Odia language and reconsider his ruling of not allowing a debate on chit fund issue,” Singhdeo said.

As the Speaker proceeding with the business relating to the bills, the Congress and BJP members rushed to well of the House and shouted slogans against the state government and the Chief Minister.

The pandemonium by the opposition members however, failed to deter Speaker who ensured passing of the Odisha Co-Operative Societies (Amendment) Amending Bill, 2014.

The House also passed the Indian Stamp (Odisha Amendment) Bill, 2014 and a Bill relating to reduction of tenure of Burla NAC.

Another bill named as Odisha Open University Bill was also introduced in the din.