Oppposition seeks Orissa Governor’s intervention for resumption of Assembly winter session

December 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from http://economictimes.indiatimes.com:

The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders on Sunday met Orissa governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare and sought his intervention to end the deadlock arising out of the abrupt sine die of Orisa Legislative Assembly by Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat.

Submitting a joint-memorandum to the governor, Opposition leader Bhupinder Singh and BJP Legislature Party leader K.V. Singhdeo said the Speaker had abruptly adjourned the winter session of the House two weeks ahead of schedule.

“We apprised the governor that the sine die adjournment of the Assembly ahead of the schedule amounted to violation of Constitutional norms. We urged him to order for resumption of the winter session of the House to honour the statutory rules which prescribe for 60 days of sitting in a calendar year,” Congress LP leader Mr Singh and BJPLP leader K.V.Singh Deo told reporters here after meeting the governor.

Meanwhile, both the parties have been staging a sit-in through day and night inside the Assembly to lodge their protest against the sine die adjournment.

They have decided not only to continue their agitation, but also begin a symbolic session of the House on Monday.

“We will start a symbolic session of the Assembly for 11 days from Monday as a mark of our respect to the constitution. One of the legislators of the Opposition parties will preside over the session,” Mr Singh and Mr Deo said.

They alleged that the ruling BJD had resorted to “unethical and undemocratic” means to deny the Opposition the right to expose the chief minister Naveen Patnaik in the multi-crore mining scam on the floor of the House by hurriedly moving a motion in the Assembly seeking its sine die adjournment.

The chief minister, however, defended the Speaker Pradip Amat for closing the winter session of the House ahead of the schedule, saying, “It was done as the House had no businesses to transact.”

Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan and BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo said the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Orissa Bill, 2009 was deferred till next session despite the government’s claim that there was no business to transact.

Entry filed under: Industries and mineral resources, Mining scam.

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