Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly continued to witness stalling of proceedings on second consecutive day on Tuesday as Opposition Congress and BJP members kept demanding a reply from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the rising incidents of minor girl rapes and deteriorating law and order situation in the State.
As soon as the House met for the day, all opposition members, excepting Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik and Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra, trouped into the Well of the House and demanded that the Question Hour be suspended and the incidents of minor rapes be discussed. They too demanded that the Chief Minister submit a reply in the House on the matter.
As they didn’t move back despite repeated requests, Speaker Surjya Narayam Patro adjourned the House till 3 pm.
Outside the Assembly, Mishra slammed the State Government for not taking any action to punish culprits. He alleged that Naveen Patnaik is running an autocratic Government against the interest of the people.
BJP Chief Whip Mohan Charan Majhi said they (BJPMembers) will not move back from the protest until the Chief Minister has not given a statement in the House.
Senior BJD MLA Debi Prasad Mishra said opposition members are protesting in the House meaninglessly as the Speaker has already given a ruling on the issue. There are many opportunities to hold discussions on the subject in the House, he said.