Odisha Assembly adjourned sine die ahead of schedule amid opposition protest


Bhubaneawar, March 31: The Odisha Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday, six days ahead of schedule, amid protests and walkout by opposition BJP and Congress.

Speaker Bikram Keshari Arukha declared the session sine die after the ruling BJD brought a motion in the House.

The State Government had earlier in the day withdrawn three bills -Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill, 2023, Odisha Apartment (Ownership & Management) Bill, 2023 and Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Odisha Amendment) Bill, 2023 – which were presented in the Assembly on March 22.

The Budget Session, which began on February 21, was to otherwise end on April 6, in two phases.

Protesting the adjournment, the opposition MLAs staged a walkout. While the Congress members returned, the BJP legislators staged a dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Assembly premises.

“As the BJD failed to respond to questions raised by the opposition, they declared the House sine die ahead of the schedule. This is undemocratic,” said Leader of Opposition Jaynarayan Mishra.

Government Chief Whip Prasant Muduli, however, justified the move saying the House was adjourned, as there was no official business left for discussion.

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