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Odisha Assembly adjourned over Mahanadi issue

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The second phase of the budget session of Assembly began today amid uproar by the ruling members over the river water issue leading to adjournment of the House.

Soon after the House began for the day, many treasury bench members were on their feet raising slogans against the Centre accusing it of conspiring to deprive of its share of the river water.

The House witnessed noisy scenes amid slogan-shouting by lawmakers even as Co-Operation, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister, was answering to a question.

Pleas by to restore peace in the House went unheeded as legislators continued to allege that the people of were betrayed by the BJP-led central government. They demanded concrete steps for functioning of the tribunal to resolve the river water issue between and

As the uproar continued, the adjourned the House till 3 pm.

Later, members staged a dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside the Assembly premises holding banners. They accused the of being partial towards in the issue and claimed the river had dried up in because of a conspiracy.

Slamming the for stalling the proceedings, told reporters outside the House that the ruling party and the government had the responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of the Assembly. "If protector turns predator, whom shall we approach," he asked.

Senior BJP MLA Pradip Purohit said the was required to furnish all information to the river water tribunal. He attacked the ruling for adopting disruptive method instead of discussing the issue in the House.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 13:10 IST
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