Language issue stalls Odisha Assembly proceedings

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 29: 

Odisha Assembly was today adjourned till 3PM amidst din after an adjournment motion moved by Congress demanding a discussion on the Odia language issue was rejected by Speaker Niranjan Pujari.

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“This is a just cause. More than the official language, we want a public language status for Odia with certain amendments to the ‘Orissa Official Language Act, 1954’. This will help the administration reach out to the public in the language they use,” said Deputy Chief Whip of Congress Naba Das speaking to reporters outside the Assembly.

“The government is running away from a discussion as it is afraid that its corruption and negligence would be exposed, should they make it the public language,” he added.

BJD Junagarh MLA and party spokesperson Dibya Sankar Mishra, however, refuted the charge.

“This is a trick by the opposition to disrupt proceedings in the Assembly. Had the speaker accepted this demand, the opposition would have found another excuse to disrupt the proceeding. They had been in power for quite a long period since 1954. What did they do? It is BJD Government that got Odia the classical language status. We don’t have to prove our love for the language before Congress,” said Mishra.

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