Orissa Assembly: Starts to Stop

Rising from the adjournment that obituary mention had led the Orissa Assembly into on the day of its commencement, as it started on Sept.8 to its scheduled business, the Speaker had to stop the proceedings, the treasury bench having stonewalled the House on the issue of minimum support price for paddy. Two minutes long non-legislative activism of the ruling party MLAs forced an adjournment till 3pm.

But, then came the Opposition Leader’s demand to condemn the contempt shown to the House by the Prime Minister in refusing to meet the Orissa Assembly House Committee members on the same issue. It made the Speaker adjourn the House again till Monday.

An adjournment intended by the main Opposition Congress over MSP was scheduled for discussion; and, therefore, the Speaker should not have stopped the proceedings under the pretense of disruptions beyond his control, though stopping the scheduled business was a treasury bench trick for hijacking Assembly time to rush to Rajbhawan over the same issue in pursuit of political milage, the Opposition Leader alleged.

PCC sans Prasad at the top would be election without votes for Congress

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Congress MLAs in Orissa could not have been elected had the organizational leadership of Congress not given them the Party Tickets and had the people of the Constituencies they represent not preferred the manifesto offered by the Party’s organizational leadership.

It is obfuscating that, the same MLAs are misleading themselves to believe that their future depends upon revolting against the organizational leadership of the Congress.

Their target is the PCC President Prasad Harichandan. When Harichandan was picked up for the provincial top post of the Party, there was no better candidate available and had he not been subjected to constant conspiracies by selfish elements in the party, the organization could have surged ahead with spectacular success. His performances as a member of the Assembly and as a minister were so splendid and spotless that they can always be cited as exemplary for others in politics. Why the MLAs are united against him is a conundrum. Inferiority complex may be a reason.

However, the delegates of the Congress high-command must have, by now, given their report and if the same would have been based on unbiased observations, the high-command should have come to know, how disrespectful are the MLAs towards the organization. It is dangerous for democracy if a legislative group is encouraged to assert as independent of the provincial leadership of the party.

Personally I have no sympathy for the party of Manmohan Singh. Yet, to me, Orissa at the present juncture needs the Congress. It is either the last hope or lost hope.

Therefore, as a concerned citizen of the State, I would like to speculate what would happen to Congress if its high-command succumbs to the trade-union-like-pressure of the group of MLAs, who claim and show that , not the PCC leader, but the leader of the legislative wing is their leader; and replace Prasad with somebody else. My honest and well-studied view is that, with Prasad jettisoned, Congress shall suffer the worst ever imaginable debacle in the coming election.

Prasad is too gentle and erudite to be having any caste bias. But, majority of Orissa’s conscious and conscience-keeping population belong to the Khandait and cultivators communities, who are people of the middle-income class, with their pride in caste distinctions. They shall feel injured beyond repair, if Prasad, for no fault of him, but for inferiority complex of economic elites, would be jettisoned at this stage. And the cultivating class, by caste mostly Khandaits in Orissa, are the only ones that support the Congress consciously. They shall, I am sure, be ready to avenge.

Congress would be the worst sufferer if Prasad is made to relinquish the PCC post. And, then it would be no good for Orissa. But, choice is theirs.

MLAs’ Trade-unionism will kill the Congress in the State of Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Indian independence and the Congress Party cannot be seen separately. When the same independence is in utter trouble because of rise of the plutocratic process, and unless the Congress regains its lost relevance, to we the people of Orissa, its legislative wing is killing it by transforming itself into a trade union of MLAs.

The way Congress MLAs of Orissa posed themselves when a team deputed by the party high-command to find out where the shoe pinches, it gave a message that the Legislative wing of the party is independent of the party itself. Such anarchy is never found in any provincial branch of the party at any period; not even in the period of the Syndicate.

A legislative party refusing to act under the organizational leadership of the party is unconceivable in a parliamentary democracy.

Party sets the candidates and the candidates contest election under the leadership of the party that gives the people its manifesto, and the people give their mandate on the same manifesto. Thus the elected members are duty-bound to help the party in Legislative Houses on how to give effect to the manifesto. In this, the elected MLAs are bound to act under advice and direction of the Provincial Leader. If they don’t, it is the responsibility of the party leadership, in this case the Congress High-Command, to force them to obey the party direction and if they disobey, to discipline them to the extent of leaning how not to revolt against the party leadership.

As we have been watching, Congress MLAs of Orissa are under a notion that elected as they are by the people, they are independent of the party. This is wrong. This wrong notion should never be encouraged by the Congress High-Command. The MLAs should be made to know that a legislative wing is not a trade union of industrial workers. They must not be encouraged to believe that they have a bargain-power.
Orissa is in deep political quagmire. Its salvage depends upon salvaging the Congress from stark indiscipline that its legislative wing is displaying.

Orissa is a case that calls for commanding political acumen, which the Congress High-Command must have to use. The calling question is: Is the legislative wing independent of and superior to the Party it represents?

Orissa’s future depends a lot on a correct answer to this question.

Congress must discipline its legislative wing in Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Congress Party must discipline its legislative wing in Orissa, if its central leadership has an iota of political acumen and courage of convictions.

Registered as a political party, it has no carte blanche to promote political anarchy in its state wing that forces its members and supporters into utter confusion, specifically as the time for the people of Orissa to decide whether or not to refuse a fresh mandate to the ruling BID is not very distant. People are already in the process of making up their minds.

When Mr. Prasad Harichandan was made the President of Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee, there was no better candidate for the post before the Congress High Command. To us, who loves Orissa, this was the best thing to happen.

As time progressed, it appeared that BJP was getting more uncomfortable with Prasad as Chief of the Congress in Orissa. A highly erudite, principled, polished politician, correctly decorated as the best legislator of the State before any other was considered, he is most acceptable to selfless elements in the party, still loyal to the Congress. Naturally, therefore, he is, for the BJP, a challenge.

In fact BJP was not much worried about Naveen ruling the State. Exactly as the Congress suffered the worst ever setback because of Manmohan Singh, the BJD would sure suffer the worst of electoral debacle in 2019 because of stupendous scams in every sphere with which Naveen stands synonymous, the BJP was visualizing.

It was and is sure, the resultant benefit would go to it in absence of a competent leadership in the PCC. But,with Prasad Harichandan as President of the Pradesh Congress, this comfortable feeling of BJP may evaporate.

It cannot be that the Congress Legislative wing does not know that BJP shall benefit only if the Congress is kept disorganized.

BJP bagged unexpected success in Panchayat polls, simply because the people of Orissa were massively disillusioned with BJD under the impact of Bhasha Andolan and on the other hand, the Congress which could have been the alternative was in disarray by its Legislative wing that was spewing venom against the PCC leadership.

Had exemplary disciplinary steps been taken against the unruly legislators instead of indulging in patch-up exercises, the Congress could certainly have performed spectacularly better and might have exceeded even the ruling party, exposed threadbare by Bhasha Andolan as an anti-Oriya organization; as its cadres and supporters were more acceptable to the people than that of the BJP.

If Panchayat elections gave a good result to the party of Mr. Modi, whom Orissa had refused mandate in 2014 when the whole of the country was under his sway, it was because of the damage done to the Congress image by its Legislative wing that made a farce of the Party before the people.

This scenario suits the best to the BJP even now.

People of Orissa have made up their minds against Naveen. But BJP is not their natural choice. To the people, BJP appears more farcical and meretricious than any conceivable political set-up. But, despite this, it may emerge as people’s hobson choice if the Congress doesn’t come out of its cocoon of confusion its inaction against the unruly legislators has solidified.

The baseless allegations of incompetency contrived against Prasad Harichandan need be at once rejected by the Congress high command. Personal ambitions of individuals with money must not be encouraged to play further havoc with the PCC. No party MLA should have any freedom to revolt against the PCC President and assert that the he or she is to stay loyal to the leader of the legislative wing of the party, not to the leader of the organizational wing. Strict discipline needs be imposed and every unruly MLA whoever refuses to work under the direction of the PCC leadership should be summarily dismissed from the Party.

Suppose all the Congress MLAs, who are discernibly undisciplined, get dismissed. What would happen?

Discipline shall return to party and in 2019, I shall not be surprised if it returns to power in Orissa, with people mostly having forgotten how Manmohan Singh had sabotaged the Country.

Bhasha Andolan: Office obstructs the CM’s Orders

Bhubaneswar Bureau

The unique movement of Orissa for governance of the State in Oriya language and for punishment to whosoever contravenes the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, espoused by Bhasha Andolan Orissa, having woken up the entire State against the discernible official apathy that has atrophied the splendid language and has defeated the very purpose of creation of Orissa province, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had invited the leadership of the movement to a face-to-face discussion on how to implement the Act. The meeting had taken place in his official chamber on the 19th of May,2017.

In the presence of former Minister Debi Prasanna Mishra who was heading the Ministerial Committee on working of the said Act and Minister Prafulla Samal as well as MP Pratap Keshari Dev, supported by Pradyumna Satapathy and Pabitra Mohan Maharath, President and Convener respectively of Bhasha Andolan, its Chairman Subhas Chandra Pattanayak apprised the Chief Minister of how the amendment done to the Act as per Ordinance of May 21, 2016 promulgated on the 39th day of the famous Black-Flag campaign of the Andolan, was too wrongly worded to ensure governance of Orissa in Oriya.
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Oriya Language created Orissa and therefore Orissa must be ruled by Oriya Language

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to have developed a wrong notion that governance of Orissa in Oriya depends upon his mercy. His press-note of December 17 and full page display advertisement in major broadsheets of today force us to arrive at this apprehension.

In his December 17 press note it was declared that he had held a meeting with the five members of the ministerial committee on that day for the purpose of “strictly implementing the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in official and non-official level” to facilitate which a website has been floated by the government. In the full page multi-color advertisement in broadsheet dailies today, this is intriguingly missing.

The advertisement is designed to tell the people that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has taken historical steps to save and develop Oriya language, and has enumerated the steps he has taken. This is blatant lie. Neither he nor his government has executed any single item claimed to be “historical” in the official advertisement. The entire advertisement is nothing but false propaganda. What a shame it is, that, the people of Orissa are taken for granted by their Chief Minister! Read more →

Navakalevara: Legends and reality

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Legends are the most misguiding mischief aimed at superimposing lies on reality so that indigenous people of an occupied land are kept too dazzled to see the dark face of the rulers and the class of exploiters can keep its victims subjugated to its authority, while forcing them to forget the heroic history of evolution of their own philosophy of life, their own splendid spiritual realizations, their own socio-economic uniqueness, their own ancient culture, their own valorous past, their own way of social integration and their own civilization.

We see this mischief galore in the context of Navakalevara of SriJagannatha.

So, here, we are to rip apart the legends and bring the reality of the Navakalevara to light, as thereby alone we can reach the lost uniqueness of the people of Orissa.

We will use Puri Sankaracharya’s self-proclaimed authority over Navakalevara to proceed with our purpose.

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Samaja in Maze of Forgery: Two former Ministers of Orissa – Lingaraj Mishra & Radhanath Rath forged the WILL of Gopabandhu; Both benefitted till their death; SoPS continues to Loot

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Oriya daily SAMAJA founded by late Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das, to which, out of their love and reverence for the great humanitarian leader, the people of Orissa had and have been giving their financial and moral support, is in a menacing maze of forgery and loot.

Sadly, two of Gopabandhu’s trusted men – Lingaraj Mishra and Radhanath Rath – who, because of being known so, had the opportunity of becoming cabinet ministers in Orissa, were the masterminds and/or makers of the forgery from which the paper is yet to be salvaged.

Both of them – Lingaraj and Radhanath – had partnered with each other in forging the last WILL of Gopabandhu to grab the Samaja, which being Gopabandhu’s paper was of superb credibility and the greatest political instrument of the day. They had performed this crime behind the screen of and in nexus with Servants of the People Society (SoPS), of which, while breathing his last, Gopabandhu was the Vice-President. Read more →