Bhubaneswar: Putting the ruling party on the back foot, the BJP legislature party led by Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik met Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal today afternoon requesting him to return the six bills passed in the State Assembly during Budget Session.
The Leader of Opposition told media persons after the meeting the six bills were passed in the House arbitrarily and without taking the Opposition’s view into consideration. Naik further stated the legislature party appealed the Governor to return the bills to the government for reconsideration.
He alleged the Opposition was sidelined in the House and the rules were violated.
Accusing Speaker SN Patro of doing partiality, the Leader of Opposition stated it seems the Speaker has been running the House under the directive of a particular political party.
He further stated there was no point of seeking apology in the House, as demanded by the ruling party, following suspension of three Opposition legislators.
BJP MLA from Sambalpur, Jayanarayan Mishra, who was part of the delegation that met the Governor, said the legislature party apprised him about the ruling party’s monopoly in running the House.
He asked why the House was adjourned when the Opposition raised mining scam and deteriorating law and order situation earlier.
Worth mentioning, the Speaker adjourned the House for an indefinite period on April 3, ahead of five business days of the schedule.
BJP legislators yesterday staged a night-long dharna protesting suspension of party MLAs Bishnu Charan Sethi, Mohan Charan Majhi and Jayanarayan Mishra from the remaining business days of the Budget session.
The suspension came after the Speaker reviewed video footage of the proceedings of the House.
Pramilla Mallik said BJP members Bishnu Sethi, Jayanarayan Mishra and Mohan Majhi hurled shoes, earphones and papers at the Speaker’s podium on Saturday.