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Assembly adjourned thrice as Open demands CM statement in sapling scam

Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly was adjourned again from 11.55 am till 12.10 and then till 12.25pm pm as Opposition Congress and BJP members trouped into the Well of the House and kept demanding a statement from the Chief Minister on all allegations of corruption in the Agriculture Department.

When the House reassembled at 11.36 am,  Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said while the department Minister has admitted in the House that the Assistant Director of Horticulture, Mayurbhanj has misappropriated public money to the tune of Rs 17.33 core,  it is dissapointing that no stringent action was taken against him.  He was merely suspended and then reinstated.

“If a temporary suspension punishment is given in such a corruption case involving chores of rupees, the officers will fearlessly misappropriate public funds. It means the Government itself is involved in corruption,” Mishra said and demanded a statement from the Chief Minister.

BJP Legislature Party Leader KV Singh Deo supported the issue and demand raised by Mishra.

As Speaker didn’t give a ruling,  Opposition members trouped into the Well of the House again and shouted slogans against the State Government.

Unable to run proceedings, Amat adjourned the House at 11.55 am till 12.10 pm.  As the situation continued, he adjourned the House for the third time till12.25 pm.

However, normalcy restored at 12.25pm as the Speaker directed the Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Minister to look into the issues raised by the Leader of Opposition and respond to them.

It may be noted that the House had been adjourned from 10.36 am till 11.36 am as Opposition members had raised the issue and demand CBI inquiry into the irregularities in the sapling scam.

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