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28 January 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: As three of the MLAs have quit the Congress party as well as the Odisha Assembly following which it has lost its previously held coveted status of Leader of Opposition in the House as per the constitutional norms, the grand old party today claimed that it is never bothered about it.

The Budget Session of Odisha Assembly for the fiscal 2019-20 is slated to begin from February 4 till February 12, but senior Congress legislator Narasingha Mishra will no more be the Leader of Opposition as the party lacks the statutory figure now in the 147-member Assembly.

In his reactions, senior Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi said, “We’ll definitely raise the various issues of the State as usual. Also the local problems concerning our own areas will be raised in the Assembly.” He added, “The issues that have been on the agenda of Congress will definitely be raised in the Assembly.”

“Post of Leader of Opposition is with us or not, that is immaterial. We are still the MLAs of Congress party and whatever duties and responsibilities are there, we’ll comply them,” the senior Congress MLA averred.

The three former Congress MLAs who have also tendered their resignations from being legislators prior to this significant Budget Session of Odisha Assembly are former Koraput MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria, Sundargarh Sadar MLA Jogesh Kumar Singh and Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das.

In 2017, another senior Congress MLA of Bijepur assembly constituency had passed away. But such a vacancy had not created any constitutional crisis for Congress so far its Leader of Opposition status was concerned. Disqualification of Jogesh Singh as MLA by Orissa High Court had created problem, but the High Court’s order was later on set aside by the Supreme Court.

Also Read: Jharsuguda MLA Naba Das Resigns From Odisha Assembly

Also Read: Odisha Assembly Budget Session-2019-2020 From Feb 4 To 12

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Prafulla Majhi, Senior Congress MLA, Odisha