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Oppn stalls Assembly over rape and suicide of Dalit girl

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly witnessed noisy scenes over an alleged rape and suicide of a Dalit girl in Jagatsinghpur district and alleged police inaction with opposition BJP and Congress creating pandemonium and disrupting the House proceedings demanding the Speaker’s ruling over the issue.

During the Zero Hour, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Narasingha Mishra raised the issue of an alleged rape and subsequent suicide of a Dalit girl in Jagatsinghpur district and police inaction.

He also showed a news piece published in a national English daily that reported about the matter that happened under Naugaon police limits in Jagatsingjpur district.

Mishra also demanded that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik make a statement on the issue in the House and requested the Speaker to instruct in this regard.

“The Chief Minister has asked MLAs not to politicise crime against women as it is inhuman. Wasn’t BJD SC Cell chief and Tirtol MLA Bishnu Charan Das’s statement on the rape case political,” Mishra wanted to know.

“The Chief Minister should give a statement in House in this connection. If rape allegation is true, the Chief Minister should resign immediately,” demanded Mishra.

He demanded a ruling from Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro. When the Speaker asked the CLP leader to conclude without giving a ruling, both Congress and BJP MLAs rushed into the Well of the House and shouted slogans against the State Government.

Unable to run the House, the Speaker adjourned the House till 12.32 pm and subsequently thrice till 3 pm.

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