The Odisha Assembly witnessed heavy protests on Thursday over Congress Spokesperson Ajay Kumar’s alleged remarks against NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu and was adjourned until 4pm.
The issue was raised in the Assembly as soon as the House convened for Question Time at 10:30 a.m. Opposition BJP members shouted anti-Congress slogans and marched into the well of the House to demand an apology from Congress and pass a motion of no confidence against it for the alleged “defamatory” remarks against Murmu, a tribal leader from Odisha.
Members of Congress also rushed to the well and strongly opposed BJP members for blocking House debate on a non-state issue.
President BK Arukha asked BJP members to voice their opinions during zero hour and allow question time to take place, but the agitated members refused to comply.
With members of both opposition parties in the pit and protesting vehemently, Arukha first adjourned the House until 11:30 a.m. When the House reconvened, a similar situation continued, causing it to adjourn until 4 p.m.
The unrest erupted following remarks by Ajoy Kumar, a former Lok Sabha MP from Jharkhand, who reportedly said on Wednesday that Murmu, although herself a decent person, represents the “wrong philosophy of India” and that she should not become the symbol of adivasis. .
BJP Chief Opposition Whip Mohan Majhi told the House that Ajay Kumar’s remarks were unfortunate. This is not his personal opinion, but the views of Congress and its leader Rahul Gandhi. We demand an unconditional apology from Congress and the passage of a motion of no confidence against the party in the Odisha Assembly.
Congress Whip Taraprasad Bahinipati accused the Saffron Party of creating unrest in the Assembly for publicity reasons.
There is no point in disrupting the proceedings of the Assembly as it is run by the money of the people of Odisha. BJP members are only doing this for publicity, he said.
Bahinipati said BJP members did not understand what Kumar said and alleged that his lawmakers were staging drama over the issue and wasting House deliberation time by blocking Question Time.
After the adjournment of the House, BJP MPs holding banners staged a dharna at the Assembly premises and held up placards against the Congress. They also held a rally outside and condemned the Congress for being anti-tribal, anti-women and anti-Odia.
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