Panel on Upper House leaves for Karnataka

Bhubaneswar: The committee, formed by the Odisha government to study the proposal for setting up of Legislative Council in the State, today left for Karnataka on a 3-day visit to have a first-hand information about the Vidhan Parishad in that State.

However, two panel members chosen by the government from opposition parties – BJP and Congress – gave it a miss. The parties had earlier declined to join the committee alleging that the ruling party had taken the decision without their consent.

The touring team, comprising panel head and MLA Nrushinga Sahu, Pramila Mallick and Manohar Randhari (all BJD), will also visit Maharashtra after the Karnataka trip. After returning, it will prepare a detailed report on the structure, infrastructure and functioning of the Legislative Councils of the two States and submit it before the government.