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Bhushan to rock Odisha House

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 27: The blast furnace accident in Bhushan steel plant, killing of the Rayagada school teacher, deterioration of law and plight of the Phailin-hit people are some of the issues to dominate the Assembly proceedings commencing here from tomorrow.

While these will be issues for the Opposition to take on the government, the ruling party would seek to counter the charge by raising the issue of central neglect of Odisha, especially the delay in releasing assistance for the flood-hit and cyclone-hit people. The winter session will continue till December 26.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik said: “Almost a month after flood and cyclone hit the state, the Prime Minister announced Rs 1,000 crore advance, but till now, not a single rupee has arrived.”

The chief minister also hinted that the party was ready to face any issues raised by the Opposition on the Assembly floor. The BJD will raise the issue of special category state, price rise and non-revision of mineral royalty, Naveen said.

Having routed the Opposition in the recently concluded urban polls, the BJD will have an upper hand in the House. However, the Opposition has an array of issues, including the blast furnace accident on the Bhushan steel plant premises and killing of school teacher Itishree Pradhan that shook the state’s conscience and the government’s failure to tackle the rise in potato prices.

The state Congress, which remains a divided house, will find it tough to put a united fight in the House. “The result of the election to the civic bodies has badly affected us. We have been devastated,” said a senior MLA.

To keep the leaders together, the AICC general secretary in charge of Odisha affairs B.K. Hariprasad today attended the Congress legislature party meet and urged all the party MLAs to unitedly raise various issues and misdeeds of the state government.

Stating that the urban poll results would not affect the morale of the Opposition, leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh said: “The municipal election is totally different from the general election. They had used money and muscle power to win the election. But the people will give a fitting reply to the ruling party in the general election.”

Singh further said: “We will raise the issue of Bhushan steel plant mishap, law and order and other issues.”

The Opposition is also likely to raise the issue of government’s failure to curb the activities of the fraudulent companies, the law and order problem and other issues. The BJP in its legislature party meeting also decided to raise issues such as Bhushan steel plant mishap, price rise and deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

Parliamentary affairs minister Kalpataru Das said: “All should co-operate in smooth running of the House.”

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