BJP de­mands CM’s re­ply on 'mis­use' of dis­cre­tionary quota

The Political and Business Daily - - ODISHA FOUCS -

THE State Assem­bly was ad­journed twice to­day due to ruckus by BJP mem­bers de­mand­ing a state­ment from Naveen Pat­naik on al­leged mis­use of dis­cre­tionary quota for al­lot­ment of house and plots to a BJD MP's fam­ily and a min­is­ter's in­volve­ment in il­le­gal apart­ment con­struc­tions.

The is­sue was raised in the Assem­bly dur­ing Zero Hour by BJP leg­is­la­ture party leader Bas­ant Panda. "While one min­is­ter is in­volved in il­le­gal apart­ment con­struc­tions, another for­mer min­is­ter and BJD MP has ac­quired five houses and plots in the name of his wife and son un­der dis­cre­tionary quota," Panda al­leged.

He pointed out the state Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment min­is­ter had ad­mit­ted in the House that a min­is­ter was en­gaged in il­le­gal build­ing con­struc­tions in Bhubaneswar. How­ever, no ac­tion was taken against the min­is­ter con­cerned and the MP, Panda said seek­ing a rul­ing from the Speaker.

The BJP leader also de­manded a state­ment from the Chief Min­is­ter on the is­sue. As Speaker Ni­ran­jan Pu­jari re­jected BJP's de­mand and main­tained that the is­sue should not be raised in the House again, an­gry BJP mem­bers rushed to the Well of the House and at­tempted to dis­rupt pro­ceed­ings.

BJP mem­bers in­clud­ing Radhrani Panda, Dury­o­d­han Ma­jhi, Rabi Narayan Nayak and K V Singhdeo de­manded a state­ment from Pat­naik.

Op­po­si­tion Congress mem­bers, who had also raised the is­sue in the House ear­lier, sup­ported BJP's de­mand by shout­ing from their seats. Some Congress mem­bers also joined the BJP mem­bers and trooped into the well.

As the din con­tin­ued, Pu­jari first ad­journed the House for ten min­utes till 12 noon and later till 3 pm. The Congress mem­bers had yes­ter­day al­leged that Ra­jya Sabha MP Kal­pataru Das had ac­quired two houses from the Bhubaneswar Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (BDA) in the name of his son Pranab Bal­a­bantray, who was elected to the Assem­bly from the Dhar­masala Assem­bly seat this time. Das, who is also the leader of the BJD's par­lia­men­tary party in Ra­jya Sabha, how­ever, said his wife and son were two sep­a­rate in­di­vid­u­als and there was no wrong in tak­ing houses in their names separately.

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