Normalcy returns to Odisha assembly after all-party meet

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 22:

After four successive days of pandemonium, normalcy returned to the Odisha Assembly this afternoon following an all-party meeting convened by the Speaker where both sides agreed to cooperate in the smooth functioning of the House.


Aoing other things, the meeting decided that banners and posters would not be carried inside the members by members.

After the breakthrough at the all-party meet, the Assembly started functioning normally after 3 PM and the ‘Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill-2015’ was taken up for discussion in the House.

The Bill, however, could not be passed as the opposition members suggested changes to it.  The House was later adjourned till Monday.

It may be noted that the opposition members wore black badges and held out banners to make silent protests against the government as soon as Question Hour started making the speaker to adjourn the House till 3 pm.

“The meeting was more or less successful. We have assured the ruling members to cooperate with them in the discussion. But we will oppose and protest if the House does not take up our demands for discussion,” leader of the Opposition Narasingh Mishra told the media persons after the meeting.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs minister Bikram Keshari Arukh informed that the Opposition leaders have assured to cooperate with the government to run the House smoothly. On the basis of their assurance, the House would function normally from Monday and take up issues on phases.

“It was decided that the House would discuss about Sarathi Baba case on Monday, the law and order situation on Tuesday, Nabakalebara and Brahma Parivartan irregularities on Wednesday, block grant teachers problem on Thursday and drought situation on Friday,” the minister added.

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