11 September, Bhubaneswar
Opposition Congress and BJP members Monday stalled the business in Odisha Assembly demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and CBI inquiry into the yesterday’s flyover collapse in the city .
One person was killed and ten were injured after a span of the under construction flyover collapsed. Speaker P K Amat adjourned the house first for one hour from 1036hrs to 1136hrs and again from 1138hrs till 1500hrs for lunch after the members of both the BJP and the Congress trooped into well and shouted slogans demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and CBI inquiry into the incident.
The opposition members alleged that the quality of construction was very low and there was large scale corruption.
They said since the chief minister was in charge of the works department , he should resign. The trouble started right when the house assembled for the day at 1030 hours to take up the question hour and the Speaker asked Naveen Patnaikto make a statement on the collapse of over bridge on Cuttack- Bhubnaeswar road near Bomikhal.
As the chief minister started making the statement, both the Congress and the BJP members rushed to the well and shouted slogans.They demanded the resignation of the chief minister and a CBI inquiry into the incident. Opposition Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati tried to snatch the microphone from the Speakers table.
Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra vehemently opposed the Speaker’s decision to ask Patnaik to make a statement ignoring the Congress party’s notice given under 116 (3) of Rules of Business of the house for a discussion on the issue.
He said it shows the Speaker was not discharging his constitutional duty impartially. Mishra later told newsmen that the chief minister was fully responsible for the incident and demanded a compensation of Rs one crore for next of kin of the deceased and Rs one lakh to each of the injured.
He also demanded to file criminal cases against the contractor and engineers U/S 304 of the IPC. After the chief minister’s statement, the speaker asked Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty to reply to a question. But nothing was audible as the opposition members continued their protest in the well and the house soon plunged into a total chaotic situation
Realising that the business of the house could not be conducted smoothly, the speaker adjourned the house at 1036hrs till 1136 hours. There was no change in the situation when the house reassembled after the adjournment.
The agitated Opposition members continued shouting slogans inside the well of the house forcing the Speaker to again adjourn the house at 1138hrs till 1500hrs when the opposition did not pay heed to his request to allow the house to run the business.