Party notice rejected as gets support of only 27 MLAs

An attempt by opposition Congress to unseat Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat proved futile on Wednesday as its notice for adoption of a resolution in this regard was rejected in House.

The notice failed to get the support of 28 legislators. The notice, with signature of 27 Congress legislators, was taken up for consideration by the House after completion of stipulated 14 working days gap.

It, however, was rejected as it required the support of at least 28 members for passing of such a resolution in the House. Although the Congress managed to get the support of two Independent legislators – Jitu Patnaik and Braja Kishore Pradhan – the party failed in its attempt as two of its legislators – Mamata Madhi and Nihar Ranjan Mahananda – were found to be absent. Opposition Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan, who had served the notice on behalf of the party, however, said that it was a moral victory for the party.

“We had brought the notice against the Speaker in order to apprise the people of the State that Assembly rules are being violated by him,” Mr. Harichandan told presspersons outside the House.

Expressing displeasure over the absence of two party legislators, senior Congress legislator Santosh Singh Saluja said that the matter will be taken up before the party high command.

Mr. Amat remained in his chamber when the notice was taken up for consideration and the House was presided over by senior Biju Janata Dal legislator Nrushinga Sahu, a member of the presiding officers’ panel. He came to preside over the House after the notice was rejected.

Allegations

In its notice, the Congress made about 10 allegations against Mr. Amat and accused him of not performing his duties with dignity and impartiality for smooth management of the House. The party also alleged that their members were not being allowed to raise their voice properly.

The BJP, which has six legislators in the 147-member House, did not come to the rescue of the Congress..


  • Two Congress MLAs fail to attend the Assembly

  • Congress chief whip claims moral victory