Democratic Dissent Should Not Eclipse Democratic Decency, Says Odisha CM

13 September 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Democratic dissent should not eclipse democratic decency, said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.

Inaugurating a two-day long orientation programme for the members of the 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister said, "Democratic dissent is a right. However, while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency."

He stressed that under no circumstance, democratic dissent should cast a shadow on democratic decency.

Patnaik said that India was a country of many diversities and Indian democracy continues to get stronger by each passing year and added that roots of our successful democracy lies in our people and they are the 'real masters' in a democracy.

"In whatever position you may be, the  people are supreme. Therefore elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives," the Chief Minister pointed out and added, “The most significant point for a people's representative is that he or she must lead by example. Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us connect with people."

During the two-day-long exercise discussions on the functioning of legislatures and different procedural guidelines will be undertaken.

The programme was presided over by the Speaker Surya Narayan Patro.

Among others Deputy Speaker Rajanikanta Singh, Minister Parliamentary Affairs Bikram Keshari Arukha, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak, Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick, Director of PRIDE Lok Sabha Pullin Bhutia also spoke on the occasion.

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

Mukesh Mahaling, MLP, BJP

Adhiraj Panigrahi, MLA, Congress

Pramila Mallick, Chief Whip, BJD