Bhubaneswar: The violent group clash between the pro-Posco and the anti-Posco activists on Wednesday in which one person was killed and several others were injured rocked the Assembly on Thursday.
The issue cropped up during the zero hour when the opposition Congress, BJP, and two members of the ruling BJD, urged Speaker P K Amat to take up an adjournment motion.
However the Speaker denied saying that the House has many important issues to discuss and urged the members to cooperate with him in running the House as per schedule. The Speaker then adjourned the House for lunch at 1300 hrs without paying any heed to the opposition’s demand.
“How can any other matter become so urgent for the House other than yesterday’s violence near Posco site where one person was killed,” asked Congress Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan terming the December 14 violence as “state-sponsored.”
“This is an urgent matter as one contractor had taken law into his hand and created panic in Posco area. There is no law and order in Paradip region”, Harichandan said.
Leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh of Congress sought a clarification from the Chief Minister as to how the coastal road project was being implemented for Posco whose MoU with the Government has already expired one-and-half year ago.
BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo asked the Government not to forget Kalinga Nagar violence where 14 tribals were gunned down for an industry. “When ever Government uses force for a project, such incidents take place,” he said.
Jagstsinghpur MLA Bishnu Charan Das wanted to know how the State-owned IDCO gave the coastal road project work to an unregistered firm.