Odisha Legislative Assembly (File Photo)
Odisha Legislative Assembly (File Photo)
Bhubaneswar: Proceedings in the Assembly was boycotted on Saturday as Opposition Congress created a ruckus in the House after speaker Pradeep Amat did not allow them to move an adjournment motion on the issue.

The Opposition members did not allow the Speaker to go ahead with the House proceedings, forcing several adjournments. As the Speaker refused to budge, the Opposition walked out.

When the House assembled for the day, leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh raised the Pipili rape issue, seeking to know why the Speaker had refused permission for the Opposition’s adjournment motion. “The Government is knowingly avoiding all the issues raised by the Opposition,” he said.

Alleging that the political arrogance of the ruling BJD has destroyed the democratic process in the Assembly, Congress Chief whip Prasad Harichandan said, “It was simply a dishonour to democracy as the Speaker deprived the members from discussing a sensitive and important matter like the rising atrocities on women”.

However, while rejecting the Opposition notice on adjournment motion, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat, said, “I am disallowing the debate on the issue as it is not recent one. I can only allow a debate on an issue which occurred recently”.

Consequently, the protesting Opposition members stormed into the well and raised slogans against the Government. As the ruckus continued, the Speaker adjourned the House barely 23 minutes into the Question Hour. Later, more adjournments followed.

The Opposition members boycotted the proceeding after the House reassembled after the lunch. “We believe the Speaker is not allowing discussion on issues related to Chief Minister’s department. Since Naveen Patnaik is holding home portfolio, the Speaker is not allowing a debate on it,” Singh told.

Though the Government had been publicly speaking that it was ready for discussion on any matter, the Speaker was not giving permission for the same, pointed out Harichandan.

The House, however, debated on the demand of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department in absence of the Congress MLAs.

In the afternoon session, BJD MLA Sanjaydas Burma and Anant Das from the ruling party said that the Government was not afraid of discussing any issue. The rape in Pipili case is already ruled out. The Opposition party is trying to allege the ruling party. They said former agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy had resigned on moral grounds in this case. There is no need to rake up this issue again.