“Stole” steals peace; Assembly adjourned


Bhubaneswar: The Assembly was adjourned amid pandemonium on Monday after the Opposition created uproar over women being asked to keep out their stoles before entering Chief Minister Naveen’s Patnaik progarmme in Sundargarh on Sunday. Black coloured stoles and shawls were not allowed by police at the event for which women visitors had to remove their scarves which, Opposition leaders pointed out, hurts women’s dignity.

As soon as the Assembly session began, Opposition leader and Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati raised the issue demanding explanation and action against the incident. However, Speaker Niranjan Pujari continued the proceedings as scheduled during the question hour. Before Revenue Minister Bijayshree Routray could put forth his reply, the Opposition leaders took to shouting slogans and gathered at the centre of the House, disrupting the proceedings. The protesting leaders included Bahinipati, Naba Das, Anshuman Mohanty, Prafulla Majhi, Bhujbal Majhi, Krushnachandra Sagaria and so on.

The protesting leaders demanded action against police who took such a step against the women visitors to CM’s programme. During their protest, Bahinipati and other members hit the podium of the Speaker demanding action.

Speaker Pujari soon declared the House adjourned till 3 pm following the disorder.

Taking a cue from Congress, the BJP too emphasised on the incident and started protests against it at all its units across the state. Both parties accused that the ruling party’s fear for black flags as protest has led to such a ridiculous step by the police for the CM’s security.

Later, the CM informed the House regarding the number of Maoist encounters and killed Maoists. There was also a question and answer session regarding Mahanadi dispute.

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