BHUBANESHWAR: The winter session of the Assembly was adjourned sine die 15 days ahead of the schedule even as the opposition alleged that it was not consulted over the matter.
Three members of the ruling BJD requested Deputy Speaker Sudam Marandi to adjourn the House saying the State
Government has no more important business to transact.
Soon after the Appropriation Bill was passed, senior BJD MLA Prafulla Samal appealed the Deputy Speaker to curtail
this session of the Assembly. He was supported by two more BJD members Maheswar Nayak and Pravat Biswal.
Objecting to this move of the ruling party, Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinpati and his party member Prafulla
Majhi accused the state government of trying to escape from further debate.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha justified the demand of the three BJD MLAs for closure of the winter session ahead of the schedule as the government has no more business to transact. He advised Government Chief Whip Ananta Das to move a motion to this effect for consideration of the house.
Moving a motion to curtail the sitting of this session of the Assembly by 15 days, Das said the state government has
no urgent business to transact.
The Deputy Speaker put the motion for voting which was passed by a voice vote.
Initially, the winter session was scheduled till December 31. Apart from passing the first supplementary of 2016-17,
the Assembly which met for 9 days passed three Bills.