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Appropriation Bill tabled in House

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In agitation mode: Bhupindar Singh of the Congress and other MLAs staging a protest on the Assembly premises in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. - Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty
In agitation mode: Bhupindar Singh of the Congress and other MLAs staging a protest on the Assembly premises in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. - Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Even as the legislators of both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party continued their boycott of the Assembly proceedings for the 13 {+t} {+h} day, the Appropriation Bill 2010 was passed in the House on Saturday.

The Congress legislators, who have been sitting on dharna near Mahatma Gandhi's statue on the Assembly premises, observed the day as Black Day in protest against the tabling of the Appropriation Bill in the House in the absence of the Opposition.

They wore black badges and black clothes around their neck to register their protest.

The legislators of both the Congress and the BJP have been boycotting the proceedings of the Assembly since July 19 demanding removal of Housing and Urban Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra and School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena from the posts for their alleged involvement in a multi-crore coal scam.

Coal scam

An all-party meeting convened by Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat on Friday had failed to end the impasse over the coal scam issue after the government refused to accept the Opposition demand for dismissal of the two Ministers.

Alleging that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was trying to shield the two Ministers, the Opposition has announced that they would continue their boycott of the Assembly proceedings till the end of the session.


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