Saluja returns to assembly after suspension period

Bhubaneswar: Back in the Odisha Assembly after being suspended for a week for a derogatory remark against the Speaker, Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja today sought to know why similar action was not taken against other members who also had allegedly used such words against the Chair.

Saluja, who was suspended from the house on December 12, wanted to know why similar action was not taken against Parliamentary Affairs minister Kalpataru Das, Government Chief Whip Pravat Tripathy and senior BJD member Amar Satpathy.

"All these members repeated the same word used by me with different pronunciation which was recorded in the House.

But no action has been taken against them," Saluja said.

The Congress member claimed that the word he used referring to the Speaker, was not considered derogatory or insulting in western Odisha.

Saluja appeared in the House with his mouth covered with a white piece of cloth and a banner demanding implementation of the controversial Lower Suktel irrigation project in Bolangir.

He refused to participate in the question hour even as Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat repeatedly called his name.

As soon as zero hour began, Saluja rushed to the well and waved the banner standing on a chair.

He returned to the seat after being allowed to speak by the Speaker.