Odisha Legislative Assembly (File Photo)
Odisha Legislative Assembly (File Photo)
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly on Monday witnessed pandemonium over the recent hooch tragedy which claimed at least 40 lives in the districts of Khurda and Cuttack, following controversy over the merit of discussion of an adjournment motion relating to the tragedy.

The adjournment motion debate on the hooch tragedy which was laid by the opposition leaders created continuous choas in the house affecting the proceedings.

Opposition Congress and BJP members had moved the adjournment motion “State Government is responsible for the hooch tragedy” for discussion. The ruling BJD members opposed the move with the plea that the discussion is likely to affect the process of probe into the incident.

Replying to this, Excise Minister Sharda Nayak said, the one man judicial commission headed by retired High Court judge A S Naidu has already started probe into the deaths in Cuttack and Khurda districts and hence the assembly could not discuss the issue in the house.

However the issue was aggravated when Speaker Pradeep Kumar Amat did not allow the controversial adjournment motion. “As per the rule, I cannot allow a debate on a matter that is pending for inquiry by judicial commission. It will create a bad precedence if the notice is allowed when the judicial probe is on,” said Speaker, Pradeep Kumar Amat on his refusal.

Bhupinder Singh, leader of opposition said, there are many instances where the debate is allowed by the Speakers at the time of judicial probe. The opposition party members also wanted to know the reason behind the resignation of Excise minister on moral grounds while Health minister is refusing to do so.

Irked by the ruling of the Speaker and the minister, the Opposition trooped into the well of the House and shouted slogans. The Speaker had to adjourn the house several times as the entire opposition demanding discussion accused the Government of running away from discussing the serious issue in the house.