Pulses Scam Immobilizes Assembly Again

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If Orissa Legislative Assembly could not proceed with its business on February 21, the Government is squarely responsible for the same, says the Opposition.

It is alleged that the government has shown no sincerity in complying with its assurance given in the all party meeting on February 18 to place details of Dal supply scam perpetrated in all the 30 districts.

It was stressed upon by the Opposition that the Government, as per its promise, was to lay before the House all relevant papers regarding the conducted enquiry and expansion of enquiry into all the districts, as no fruitful discussion can commence sans the same. It is sad, the Opposition said, no criminal prosecution, as promised, against fellows involved with the scam, has begun.

Even as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who was directly blamed for backtracking was keeping mum over the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty refused to place the relevant papers, as to him the same cannot be tabled before the issue of adjournment pending in the matter was taken up by the House.

This thwarted the House into pandaemonium and to repeated adjournments and finally to end the day with an all party meeting called afresh to solve the problem ending inconclusive.

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