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Odisha Assembly logjam resolved after all-party meeting

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The impasse over various issues, including scam, which paralysed the Odisha Assembly for five days on the trot, was resolved Friday after an all-party meeting.

The meeting, convened by P K Amat, resolved to bring back normalcy in the House and allow passing of the The Odisha Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019.

Earlier, Amat had adjourned the Assembly thrice owing to pandemonium.

The opposition and members were agitating in the well of the House for five consecutive days.

The uproar began in the House as soon it assembled at 10.30 am. While the BJD MLAs shouted slogans against the Centre for its "gross apathy" towards Odisha, the opposition and members demanded a discussion on the farmers' issue as well as sexual assault of minor girls in the state.

of Opposition told reporters that the had urged the to initiate discussion on unemployment and farmers issues.

"The government did not allow discussion on the farmers' issue. Had the government been keen on listening to the grievances of the farmers, there would have been no stalemate in the Assembly," Mishra said.

members also raised slogans accusing the state government of failing to provide jobs to youths and alleged police brutality on those agitating against liquor trade in the state.

While the opposition members staged a demonstration in the well of the House, the BJD MLAs marched to the Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum addressed to the of over the unemployment issue and the BJP-led central governments "neglect" towards Odisha.

Senior BJD MLA Burma said, "In 2014 poll manifesto, PM Narendra Modi had promised to provide employment to two crore unemployed youths of the country every year. Accordingly, Odishas share is proportionately 36 lakh unemployed youths in five years. Hence, we are submitting today a memorandum to the of through the "

The BJD MLAs asked the Centre to publish the list of 36 lakh youths of Odisha who have been employed in MCL, NALCO, and others public sector units.

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

First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 17:40 IST