Bhubaneswar, July 22: Opposition BJP and Congress today stalled the business in Odisha Assembly demanding a debate on rape of minor girls in the state and resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Speaker Surya Narayan Patro was forced to adjourn the house twice before lunch and again after lunch as the BJP and Congress members created a ruckus in the house.
The Speaker first adjourned the house at 1217hrs till 1230hrs and then at 1232hrs till 1500 in view of loud protest from the opposition members. The house met at 1500 hours after the lunch but again adjourned twice till 1608 hours due to continuous protest by the opposition members.
Shouting anti-government slogans, the opposition Congress members trooped into the well of the house, thumped the speaker’s podium, tried to snatch papers and the microphone from the Speaker’s table.
The BJP members also entered into the well of the house, tried to climb up the podium but were prevented by the watch and watch and ward staff of the Assembly.
Although the Speaker asked the government to apprise the house about the step it has taken to prevent the incidents of rape of minor girls, the opposition members continued their agitation inside the well and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
They alleged that the incidents of kidnapping and rape of minor girls are occurring every day and regretted that the government was not taking any step to prevent such incidents.Stating that the government statement has no meaning they demanded a debate on the issue in the house.
Raising the issue during zero-hour, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak quoting media report said 602 minor boys and girls went missing during the last three months.
While the Police have found 31 boys out of 100 missing, in case of girls only 79 were traced out of 502.He said the government has any information about 618 minor boys and 2658 minor girls missing during 2016 to March 2019 which clearly reflected the prevailing law and order situation of the state.
Accusing the state government of complete failure in ensuring security to children, the Leader of Opposition urged the Speaker to direct the Home Minister to provide security to girls, women and children.(UNI)