Bhubaneswar: As expected, the Budget Session of the Orissa Legislative Assembly that started with Governor SC Jamir’s address on the last day of his tenure Tuesday turned out to be a stormy one with opposition Congress members creating uproar over the farmers’ issue.
The Congress members staged a walk-out also criticising the government over the Governor’s speech, as it allegedly did not highlight the problems of the state.
The disruption of the House proceedings finally led to adjournment of the Assembly by the Speaker till Wednesday morning. Shortly after the Governor started his speech, Congress members led by Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Narashinga Mishra staged a walk-out over Jamir’s address, as it did not mention anything related to farmers’ problems and the alleged deteriorating law and order issue.
Mishra alleged that the Governor’s speech painted a rosy picture of the state and ignored the plight of farmers and other nagging issues.
After Governor Jamir finished his Budget address, the Congress members took part in the House proceedings and obituary references. However, they soon raised the farmers’ issue again when Speaker PK Amat allowed ruling BJD chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy to speak on a motion of thanks on the Governor’s address.
The Congress MLAs led by party chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati rushed to the well of the House shouting anti-government slogans and calling the BJD government “anti farmer.” They demanded justice to the farmers, who have been on hunger strike seeking adequate price for their produce, pension and prestige.
The Congress members also attempted to climb the Speaker’s desk and demanded a discussion on the farmers’ issue. The BJP members, however, didn’t support the principal Opposition in their protest.
Unable to run the House amidst the din, Speaker Amat adjourned the proceeding till Wednesday.
“The BJD government has been unkind to farmers during its 18- year regime,” Bahinipati later told the media outside the House.
Meanwhile, both Congress and BJP also pulled up the government over the Governor’s speech. In his reaction, the Leader of Opposition told the media, “We staged a walk-out as there was also no mention of the unfulfilled promises of the state government.” “Through the Governor’s speech the state government only repeated the promises made earlier and tried to mislead the House once again,” Mishra alleged.
In his reaction, BJP Legislature Party leader KV Singhdeo said that it was a ‘hollow’ speech that hardly delivered anything for the people of Orissa.
“There was nothing about the farmers, industries, employment. The speech was a hollow and disappointing,” he said.
BJD spokesperson Arun Sahoo, however, strongly defended the Governor’s address and state government alleging that the Congress party deliberately disrupted the House proceedings as it had already made up its mind to boycott the speech.
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