04 December, Bhubaneswar
The functioning of the Odisha Assembly was paralysed during the question hour today over the wrongful confinement of some girl students of the Rama Devi Women University during the visit of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to the institute.
The opposition Congress and the BJP disrupted the proceedings of the House demanding an apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The Question Hour was stalled and the House could manage to conduct business for only 18 minutes during the pre-lunch session due to the protest by the opposition members.
The problem began soon after the House assembled to take up the Question Hour at 1030 hrs. Speaker Niranjan Pujari asked Housing and Urban Development Minister Puspendra Singh Deo to reply to a question of Amar Prasad Satpathy.
As the Minister stood up to reply, Opposition chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati stood up and said some students of the Rama Devi women university were wrongfully confined in a room while the Chief Minister along with Higher Education Minister and Minister for Culture and Tourisim were in a function organised to inaugurate the women university.
Describing the incident as unfortunate, he urged the Speaker to direct the government to make a statement in the house as to why the students were wrongfully confined without any reason yesterday.
As the Speaker did not pay any heed and tried to go ahead with the business of the house, the Congress and the BJP members rushed to the well in protest and shouted slogans. Bahinipati was seen standing on the reporters chair and snatching the microphone from the Speakers table. The House soon plunged into a chaotic situation.
The Speaker realising that the situation going out of control adjourned the House at 1033 hrs till 1200 hrs. When the House reassembled at 1200 hrs, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra demanded an apology from the Chief Minister for the yesterdays incident.