Budget Session From Tomorrow to be Stormy in Bhubaneswar

The Congress, however, demanded that the CBI should clarify why it had called the state youth president today.

Published: 25th April 2016 08:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th April 2016 08:31 PM   |  A+A-


The second phase of the budget session of the assembly beginning tomorrow is likely to be stormy with the opposition political parties deciding to target minister of state for food supplies and consumer welfare Sanjay Dasburma over his alleged links with scam tainted chit fund company Artha Tatwa (AT) Group.

Congress will raise the issue of alleged involvement of ministers, ruling party MPs, MLAs and senior leaders in the chitfund scam, leader of the opposition Narasingh Mishra said after the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party.

The BJP has also decided to demand the resignation of the minister over the issue.

BJP MLA Pradip Purohit said, after the meeting of the BJP Legislature Party (BJPLP), the party will demand the resignation of Dasburma for his alleged links with the scam tainted chitfund company.

The ruling BJD has, however, decided to take advantage of a ruling by  Speaker Niranjan Pujari on November 28, 2014 in which he disallowed a discussion on chit fund scam as the matter is sub judice.

The BJD has also decided to counter the opposition onslaught by raising the issue of interrogation of State Youth Congress president Rajat Choudhury by CBI in connection with the AT scam today.

The BJD has stepped up its counter attack following the interrogation of the state Youth Congress president by the CBI. "What is the reaction of the OPCC president to the interrogation of Choudhury by the CBI," BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb asked.

The Congress, however, demanded that the CBI should clarify why it had called the state youth president today.

Senior Congress leader LB Mohapatra told mediapersons that the CBI interrogation of Choudhury is meant to divert attention from tomorrow's rally to demand Dasburma's resignation. "Choudhury should be arrested if he is guilty," Mohapatra said.

The leader of opposition said the Congress will also raise the issue of mafia raj going on in the State with the protection and patronage of state government and ruling party. Besides, the acute drinking water scarcity, failure of the state government to tackle the drought situation and problems of teachers will also be raised, he said.

The BJP has decided to demand a white paper on heatwave in the State besides raising the issue of acute drinking water scarcity. Besides, irregularities in ration card distribution under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) will also be raised by the party, he said.

Parliamentary affairs minister Bikram Arukha, however, said that the ruling party is prepared to discuss any issue raised by the Opposition in the assembly.

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