Pandemonium in State Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Pandemonium prevailed in the State Assembly for the second day on Friday over abduction of Malkangiri Collector R V Krishna with opposition and treasury bench members virtually clashing in the Speaker`s podium.

The uproar erupted as soon as the house assembled for the day for question hour. As Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat asked ministers to reply to questions put by treasury bench members, Oppsition MLAs rushed towards his podium shouting slogans at the top of their voice.

Accusing the BJD government of mishandling the situation arising out of Malkangiri Collector abduction incident, a section of Congress MLAs succeded in occupying the Speaker`s podium despite resistance from marshals while others continued slogan shouting from the well.

With Opposition members occupying the Speaker`s podium, the ruling BJD members also rushed there to drive them away. As the treasury bench members and opposition MLAs virtually clashed with each other on the podium, speaker Amat adjourned the house till 3 pm.

Admitting that the ruling party members had also climbed the Speaker`s podium, senior BJD member and former parliamentary affairs minister Padmanav Behera clarified that they had no intention of creating any unpleasant situation.

"BJD members went to the podium to request the agitating opposition members to return to their seats for facilitating a discussion on the collector abduction incident," Behera said.

Meanwhile, Congress MLAs criticised the state government and the chief minister accusing them of not taking the House into confidence.

"The government announced regarding halt of combing operation outside while the assembly is in session," alleged the leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh. The House was adjourned only after four minutes of business.