Slogan-shouting Congress members demand Naveen Patnaik's resignation

The controversial land acquisition for the proposed Vedanta University rocked the Orissa Assembly on Tuesday with a legislator of the Opposition Congress climbing onto the Speaker's table to reiterate the demand for resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

When the Congress members disrupted the proceedings by entering the well of the House during zero hour and raised slogans against Mr. Patnaik and demanded that he step down in view of the High Court order quashing the notifications for land acquisition near Puri, Rajendra Kumar Chhatria climbed onto the table of Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat with the help some of his fellow members.

As pandemonium prevailed, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings twice before lunch. The House was adjourned till Wednesday as the Congress members again resorted to slogan shouting in the post-lunch session.

The Chief Minister termed the Congress demand for his resignation “unjustified.”

The Congress members have been stalling the proceedings of the House for the past several days demanding Mr. Patnaik's resignation for the irregularities in the Vedanta land deal and implementation of the High Court order without delay.