Bhubaneswar: The monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly concluded on Thursday passing as many as 11 important Bills amidst protests by Opposition members in the house.
The session, which had eight working days, began on a stormy note as both the opposition and ruling party deliberated on several issues including the crucial Mahanadi and Polavaram project issues.
However, Opposition Congress and BJP members slammed the state government for not bringing a motion on Polavaram project for discussion in the House.
“Two Ministers had on Wednesday told the House that a motion on the Polavarm will be brought by the ruling party for discussion on Thursday. But the ruling party didn’t bring the motion as promised. What the ruling BJD know only doing politics,” alleged Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.
Similarly, BJP Legislature Party Leader KV Singh Deo also lashed out at the state government for not bringing the motion.
“The state government has no fact and figures regarding the Polavaram project. It is only doing politics as Panchayat election is approaching,” said Singh Deo.
“They raised the bogey of Mahanadi and Polavaram. The government itself wanted a discussion on the floor of the house on Mahanadi but while the discussion was going on the Water Resources Minister who is also the CM, was absent. The discussion remained inconclusive,” Singh Deo said.
However, the ruling BJD refuted the charges of Opposition.
On Thursday, seven Bills were passed amidst protest by the Opposition members. A total 11 Bills were passed in the monsoon session while 12 Bills were moved.
The Bills are Odisha Clinical Establishments (Control and Regulation) Amendment Bill, Odisha Excise (Amendment) Bill, Odisha Conduct of Examination (Amendment) Bill, BPUT (Amendment) Bill, Bihar and Odisha Places of Pilgrimage (Odisha Amendment) Bill, Odisha Industries Service (Validation of Appointment of Assistant Managers and Assistant Directors) Bill and Odisha Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill.