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Assembly continues to witness unruly scenes

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

Odisha Assembly continued to witness uproarious scenes for the third successive day on Wednesday over the three-year delay in appointment of Lokayukta. With the stalemate continuing for days, Speaker Pradip Amat convened an all-party meeting in the evening.

It is learnt that the all party meeting was ‘fruitful’ and the government would finally make a statement in the Assembly on the Lokayukta issue tomorrow.

Earlier during the day Opposition Congress and BJP members on Wednesday stormed the well of the House with posters listing out the number of scams that had taken place and branding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as ‘corrupt’.

Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House initially till 11.30 am and later till 3 pm. The Opposition members told media persons outside the assembly on Wednesday that the mask of probity of CM Naveen Patnaik has been ripped apart as he was shying away from scrutiny by the Lokayukta body and had therefore delayed appointment for over three years.

The Chief Minister has no face to make a statement on the issue as he cannot explain why a Act passed in 2014 has not been enforced till date. Mr Patnaik had boasted of being the first state to enact the Lokayukta legislation following the Anna Hazare Jan Lokpal movement. He had promised enactment in one month giving an impression to the people that he was all for public scrutiny.

But till date he has not appointed the Lokayukta and is dragging his feet. Even tomorrow the government will make a wishy washy statement taking some plea relating to further amendment to the act etc, alleged the Congress leader Taraprasad Bahinipati while talking to media persons outside the house on Wednesday.

The chit fund scam, mining scam, land scam will also be taken up as there are bound to be petitions before the Lokayukta once it is established, he added.

Banihipati said the CM has been taking cover under the state run agencies like crime branch and vigilance till date. He said the BJP led government at the centre too was sitting over the Lokayukta matter exactly for the same reasons.

The CBI is being used by the centre just as the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here uses the vigilance and crime branch. The CBI is sleeping over the chit fund scam in Odisha, he said while implying a tacit understanding between the BJD and BJP.