Bhubaneswar, Dec 6 (Odisha.in) The premature adjournment of the winter session of the Orissa assembly ahead of 18 days due to disruptions by some members has not gone well with the state governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare.
“Disruptions of the proceedings in the assembly on the plea of people’s cause is not the way to protest”, the Governor lamented in an apparent remark pointing towards the chaos created by opposition and ruling party members in the state legislative assembly.
“It is the wastage of tax payers’ money”, he pointed out adding that democracy means debate, debate and debate”. He said that in parliamentary democracy, members had the right to protest.
“But it is not desirable on the part of the members to disrupt the proceedings and force frequent adjournment of the house in the name of protest”, the governor said talking to mediapersons here..
Highlighting the great tradition of democracy and parliamentary democracy, the Governor said,” the members may stage walk out in protest and could back to the house in three minutes through another door.
The governor appealed the legislators not to indulge in disruption of the proceedings of the house, and said, the members should create high tradition and values of parliamentary democracy”.
The opposition members led by Congresswere creating unruly situations since the beginning of the session, demanding immediate discussion and voting on the recent caning of farmers and teachers in the state and their problems.
As the ruling party did not agree to it, the opposition members created recurring pandemonium on the issue. As a result of it the house could not transact any business excepting the presentation of the first supplementary budget and the appropriation bill relating budget for the fiscal -2007-08.
Finding it difficult to run the house, for which crores of tax payers’ money went down the drain, the speaker Maheswar Mohanty adjourned the house sine die after nine sittings following a motion brought by the ruling party to relax the rules to ensure the premature adjournment.
However, the opposition describing the decision of the government to end the session ahead of eighteen sittings, as ‘undemocratic and against parliamentary norms” met the governor and demanded for re summoning of the house and calling for papers.
While the governor was studying the issue, the state cabinet approved the Proposal on November 30t last and recommended the governor to prorogue the house.
The governor who had already summoned the officials in charge of the legislative affairs of the assembly for clarification also summoned the Chief Minister to clarify the Situation that led to the adjournment of the house prematurely.
The governor, who was to still approve the Cabinet recommendation to prorogue the house, however, declined to spell out any thing on the prorogue issue.