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Suspended Congress MLA stages protest

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Suspended Congress MLA, Santosh Singh Saluja (2nd from left) staging a silent protest against his suspension at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Assembly in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.— Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty
Suspended Congress MLA, Santosh Singh Saluja (2nd from left) staging a silent protest against his suspension at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Assembly in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.— Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Senior Congress legislator Santosh Singh Saluja, who was suspended from the State Assembly on Wednesday, sat on a dharna in the Assembly premises to register his protest against his suspension on Thursday.

A few other legislators of his party too joined Mr. Saluja when he staged the dharna near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Assembly premises. Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Jayanarayan Mishra also sat with him for some time.

The agitating legislator from Kantabanjhi in Bolangir district said he sat on dharna protesting the partisan manner in which Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat was giving importance to ruling party legislators while ignoring the opposition legislators.

“I never used any unparliamentary words against the Speaker.

I only said that he should work in an impartial manner upholding the dignity of the position he holds.

The Speaker has been working at the behest of the ruling Biju Janata Dal,” Mr. Saluja said.

The ongoing winter session of the Assembly is scheduled to end on December 22.

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