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Odisha Assembly’s Budget session was adjourned twice before lunch

Bhubaneswar :5/2/19: The second day of the Odisha Assembly’s Budget session was adjourned twice before lunch Tuesday amid pandemonium by opposition members, who sought a discussion on farmers’ income and chit fund scams.

The day began with an obituary reference to former minister Harihar Karan, who passed away on Monday, following which the opposition Congress and BJP members rushed to the Well of the House, shouting slogans against the BJD government.

The Congress MLAs requested the Speaker to cancel the Question Hour to allow a discussion on issues faced by farmers, while the BJP members, in black aprons, demanded a debate on status of chit fund scam probe in the state.

The saffron party legislators alleged that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was backing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the CBI as it wants to protect the offenders of ponzi scams.

Unable to run the proceedings, Speaker P K Amat adjourned the House, first for one hour till 11.40 am and later till 3 pm.

The West Bengal CM has been sitting on a dharna in Kolkata since Sunday evening as the state plunged into a political crisis, following the CBI’s attempt to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scams.

A CBI team that had reached Kumar’s residence to ‘examine’ him was denied permission, bundled into jeeps and whisked to a police station.

On Monday, the BJD said that the CBI move in Bengal “smacks of unprofessional conduct, coloured with political motives”. It, however, clarified that its statement on the CBI episode in Bengal should not be used to club it with any political party.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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