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Cong leader raises absence of ministers, members during debate

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

Leader of Opposition Mr Narasingha Mishra cornered the ruling BJD in the Assembly on Thursday following a jibe over absence of ministers and majority of members during a debate on general budget.

Congress member D Sharma drew the attention of the Speaker to the absence of Ministers. Except the Finance Minister no other minister is there, he said.

In fact there were very few ruling BJD members in the House, while there were none from the BJP and five of the Congress present.

BJD chief whip Amar Satpathy tried to counter Sharma by pointing out that rules do not insist of presence of all ministers and the FM was very much there.

Giving a fitting rebutal and teaching the rule by way of implementing it, Mr Mishra led a walkout of the Congress members resulting in lack of quorum in the House.

The Speaker sent word requesting the Congress members to return to the House and Mishra insisted that he should first make it clear and call the ministers.

This was done and the Congress members returned for the budget discussions to continue.