Bhubaneswar: Opposition BJP and Congress members Friday stalled the business of Odisha Assembly over Kotia border issue and fake certificate case forcing Speaker BK Arukh to adjourn the house during zero hour til 1600 hours.
The house witnessed ruckus by the opposition BJP and Congress members as they stormed into the well of the house and shouted slogans disrupting the proceedings.
Congress member Tara Prasad Bahinipati was seen trying to climb up to the Speaker’s podium but was prevented by the watch and ward staff.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Leader of Opposition Jayanarayan Mishra said Andhra Pradesh is interfering in Kotia and 21 other villages in Odisha’s Koraput district.
He alleged that the Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh is trying to lure the people of the area by offering them various lucrative incentives while the Parbatipuram Collector is frequently visiting the area.
Mishra wanted to know what the Odisha government is doing to resolve the border dispute with Andhra Pradesh and other neighbouring states.
He said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced a package for the people of the area and sought to know what happened to the package.
The leader of Opposition said there seemed to be a link between the Vanik Coaching centre and the fake certificate scam which was recently busted by the Balangir police with the arrest of 19 people.
Mishra questioned the role of BJD leader Subrat Chhatoi who has supplied computers to 5T schools and his relations with 5T and IT Secretary.
Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra said a photograph of the fake certificate racket accused with a Minister and a former Minister is going around.
He said the accused in the fake certificate case allegedly occupied a government quarter illegally and Mishra wanted to know what steps the government is taking on the issue.
His party colleague Santosh Singh Saluja said the BJD has turned the state into a hub of scams and crimes. He wanted to know about the GST raid on Vanik coaching centre and its connection with BJD leader Chhatoi.
Arun Sahu (BJD) accused the Opposition members of enacting drama on the Kotia issue.
He said the central government is informed about the Kotia issue adding that the central government has a major role to play in the inter state dispute issue.
Sahu said the BJP leaders should demand the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to resolve the issue.
He also alleged that photographs of congress member Narasingha Mishra and several BJP leaders were seen in the photographs with the accused in the fake certificate case.
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