Winter session of Odisha Assembly likely to begin on stormy note

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of the Odisha Assembly scheduled to begin today is likely to be stormy affair as Opposition Congress has prepared a long list of issues to corner the ruling-BJD.

Sources said Congress legislature party meeting decided to raise issues of farmers in the Assembly as the government prevented farmers to hold a convention in Bhubaneswar recently.

Besides, Congress will raise unemployment, teachers’ agitation and irregularities in ration card distribution in the House to put the BJD on the back foot.

“A range of issues including mismanagement of the situation after Titli to corruption in ration card allotment will be the main agenda. Biju Yuva Vahini’s hooliganism will also be raked up in the House,” said Anshuman Mohanty, Congress MLA.

Meanwhile, legislature party of the ruling-BJD has decided to raise the central negligence to the State and fuel price hike.

“The Centre’s rejection of the Special Category State status demand of Odisha and petrol price hike issue will be brought for discussion. Apart from this, the ruling party is ready to discuss any issue raised by the Opposition,” said Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik.

The winter session will have 23 working days and conclude on December 15.

Meanwhile, DGP RP Sharma reviewed security arrangements yesterday at the State Assembly ahead of the winter session.

A total of 30 platoons of police force and 100 officers have been deployed for security at the Odisha Assembly. Apart from this, quick action team and anti terrorist squad will be stationed during the session, Sharma added.