Bhubaneswar, Feb 18: Opposition BJP and Congress are readying themselves with the ammunitions to attack the government on the floor of the state assembly, while the ruling Biju Janata Dal is getting prepared to counter the Opposition attack.
The floor of the state Assembly will thus turn into a battle field as its month-long Budget session will start from Thursday.
The Budget session of Odisha Assembly beginning on Thursday is likely to be stormy as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are all set to corner the state government over the border dispute with Andhra Pradesh.
Despite the opposition of the Odisha government, the neighbouring state recently conducted Panchayat polls in three villages of Kotia panchayat in the Pottangi block of Koraput district.
Opposition parties alleged that this happened owing to the weak leadership at the top.
“It is very sad that Andhra Pradesh conducted rural polls in our state. It is even providing education and disbursing monthly pension to the people of our state. The inefficiency of the state government is responsible for this. We will raise the Kotia issue in the state Assembly,” leader of opposition Pradipta Naik told IANS.
Naik also wrote a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urging him to ensure basic amenities such as education, healthcare, road, pucca houses and drinking water for residents in border areas.
He also proposed setting up the ‘Kotia Cluster Development Authority’ to resolve the Kotia row.
Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik said the Chief Minister and BJD leaders should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the Andhra Pradesh government to make inroads in Kotia.
The session having 31 working days will be divided into two parts. During the first part, Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal will deliver his customary address to the state legislature on the opening day of the Budget session tomorrow. He will present the state’s achievements in various fields and the government’s future plans. Later, Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari will present the annual budget in the Assembly on February 22. The House will hold debate on the thank-giving motion for the Governor’s address and general debate on the annual budget.
During the second part, the reports of the departmental related standing committees will be tabled in the House and the budgetary grant of demands of a few selected departments will be discussed and passed in the House. Finally, the annual budget will get the nod of Assembly with the passage of the Appropriation Bill.
(With Inputs from IANS)