Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly was on Monday adjourned for one hour as the opposition members created ruckus seeking a ruling from the Chair over their demand of summoning of Balangir Sub-Collector for a reprimand for his statement to media that what the Leader of Opposition stated in the Assembly was false.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra told the House that the Sub-Collector, violating his protocol, has told English daily ‘The Times of India’ that what allegations made in the House was false.
“The Sub-Collector has stated that what I said is false. Is he competent to say this? Mishra wanted to know.
“Yesterday, I had read out a copy of the FIR filed by deceased farmer’s elder brother with the police. I alleged that the negative attitude of the Sub Collector prompted the concerned farmer to committee suicide. While officers no less than a district Collectors are required to provide answers, the Sub-Collector has violated the protocol by airing views on what happened in the House. If the Chair so wants the (the Sub Collector) needs to be summoned to be reprimanded,” Mishra said.
Supporting him, Opposition Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati demanded that the Sub-Collector should be summoned to the House without a delay. “District Collectors don’t give due importance to MLAs. It is a problem all MLAs belonging to all parties are facing now. While the Balangir Sub-Collector has violated the protocol as he is no competent to air his views. He should be summoned immediately,” Bahinipati demanded and sought an immediate ruling from the Deputy Speaker.
Similarly, BJP MLA KV Singh Deo supported the Leader of Opposition and said, “This is very serious matter and needs to be addressed in time. The farmer committed suicide because of the lackadaisical attitude of the Sub Collector as per the allegation,” Singh Deo said.
He too sought to know when the Government is going to submit a reply regarding the death of the farmer. “We had demanded a reply from the Government, which is required to be submitted within 48 hours, and by now 24 hours have already passed. Kindly ensure that the reply is given in time,” he urged the Deputy speaker.
Thereafter, Congress MLA Naba Das too demanded that an immediate ruling from the Chair.
“When the House is in session, violation of protocol by the Sub-Collector is very disappointing. He should be summoned immediately without a delay,” Das demanded.
As Deputy Speaker said the Speaker has already stated that he will take a decision soon, called for discussion on Adjournment Motion, Opposition members rushed into the Well of the House and created hullabaloo demanding an immediate ruling from the Chair.
Unable to run, Marndi adjourned the House at 11.45 am till 12.45 pm.