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Odisha Assembly adjourned amid ruckus over Mahanadi issue

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

virtually saw a washout on the opening day of the second phase of Budget session today, amid ruckus by ruling on the water issue and walkout by the Opposition and over alleged irregularities in paddy procurement.

As the House assembled for the day, many treasury bench members were on their feet raising slogans against the Centre, accusing it of conspiring to deprive Odisha of its share of the water.

legislators alleged that proper functioning of water tribunal was being delayed, due to a conspiracy by the Centre and the government.

Repeated pleas by for cooperation to restore peace and normalcy in the House went unheeded, as vociferous lawmakers continued sloganeering.

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

Later, BJD members staged a dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside the Assembly premises, holding banners, accusing the of being partial towards on the Mahanadi issue.

Though the Centre had announced its decision to form the Mahanadi tribunal last month as per a directive, the terms of reference have not been communicated to the state government, they said.

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 said.

Senior MLA Pradip Purohit said the was required to furnish all information to the Mahanadi river water tribunal, while attacking the BJD for adopting disruptive means instead of discussing the issue in the House.

When the House reassembled at 3 pm, Mishra claimed that BJD legislators deliberately disrupted the proceedings in order to avoid a possible discussion on alleged irregularities in procurement of paddy in district in 2016.

He said MLA Ansuman Mohanty had written to the on the matter and a probe had been ordered, but no headway had been made in this connection.

Rejecting the claim, Government Amar Satpathy said the Mahanadi water issue was important for the state and BJD raised it in the interest of the people.

Unhappy over the argument, members of the Congress and the staged a walkout.

The House was finally adjourned for the day after several standing committee reports were laid.

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

First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:00 IST