Bhubaneswar, Jun 25: Opposition Congress today created uproarious scenes
and staged a noisy walk out in the Odisha Assembly on the opening day of the
The 16th Odisha legislative Assembly commenced today with the address of
Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal to the house.
Soon after the Governor finished his address, the house took up the obituary
motion on five former members who had passed away in the recent past and three jawans who sacrificed their lives for the country.
The trouble started after the obituary motion adopted in the house as Congress
legislative party leader Narashingha Mishra pointed out that Speaker has not
followed the proceedings of the house.
Mr Mishra said Speaker Surya Narayan Patro without formally introducing the
name of Leader of Opposition in the house, had asked Pradipta Nayak of BJP to
speak on the obituary.
He demanded that the house be adjourned and the Speaker convey the all party
meeting to resolve the issue.
At this Congress members Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Suresh Chandra Routray and
others rushed into the well of the house and shouted slogans in support of their
The Speaker, however, did not pay any heed to Mr Mishra’s demand and asked
chief whip Pramila Mallick to initiate debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor.
The agitated congress member then staged a noisy walk out in the house
expressing their displeasure over the action of the Speaker.
Earlier, leader of house Naveen Patnaik moved the obituary motion on the demise
of former members Bed Prakash Agarwal, Gangadhar Pradhan, Gati Krushna Panda,
Chandrasena Nayak, Parakhita Karma and three jawans Prasanna Kumar Sahu,
Manoj Kumar Behera and Ajit Kumar Sahu who laid down their lives for the lives for
the country in the recent past.
Mr Patnaik, leader of Opposition Pradipta Nayak,Congress legislature party leader
Narashingha Mishra and Speaker Surya Narayan Patro condoled the demise of
former members and the three jawans.
The house urged the Speaker to convey the condolences to the bereaved family
members of all the departed souls.
Congress legislature party leader Narashingha Mishra later told newsmen that “It is
unfortunate that even before the BJP submitted a requisition to claim the position of
Leader of Opposition and their candidate for the post, the house proceedings began.
He further said “when I raked up the issue in the House, the Speaker seemed to act
like a ‘deaf’ person.”
However, BJP MLA and leader of Opposition Pradipta Nayak had clarified that all
documents relating to the leader of opposition post were duly submitted to the