Bhubaneswar: Odisha 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.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal