BJP Legislature Party leader Jayanarayan Mishra on Wednesday castigated the State Government for the poor show in the monsoon session of the Assembly that concluded on Tuesday. The Government was not serious and had no intention to let the House run smoothly and transact scheduled business as it was scared to face the Opposition, Mishra said.
The short session was not judiciously used. Two days were lost on the Opposition and ruling party demands on special bench of the Orissa High Court in Western Odisha and special category status respectively, he said. The House discussed only two adjournments out of more than 50 and not a single calling attention notice out of 39 was allowed for discussion. As against 891 starred questions tabled in the session, only 13 were answered.
Criticising the Government for deferring the Odisha Police Bill, 2013, at the last moment without consulting the Opposition, Mishra said only seven Bills were passed hurriedly without much discussion. In an anomaly, against the 1,016 un-starred question notices, 1,341 were answered, he said.
On the demands of the people of Western Odisha, Mishra said the Government does not want to solve the High Court bench issue, rather it is encouraging people of other regions to claim such demands.
This is an attempt by the Government to skip the issue as it knows that if elections are held in Western Odisha, it has to face the inevitable defeat, he remarked.
The former minister said the State Government avoided a discussion on the issue under the plea that a debate on the subject will violate the model code of conduct, which is currently in force for the urban local body elections.