Odisha Govt's Home Department White Paper Sparks Off Opposition’s Ire

26 April 2018

Tapan Das

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Bhubaneswar: While the White Paper of Odisha Government’s Home Department for the year 2017 was tabled on the floor of Odisha Assembly on Thursday (April 26), its facts and figure have ignited vehement criticism from the Opposition.

In his media reactions, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said, “The State Government today laid forth some data from the White Paper. In 2013, the conviction rate was 5% while this time it has not been presented. They tried to hide the figure.”

“But amazingly, the State Government has presented the number of cases. Its rate is over 6 daily,” he lampooned.

BJP MLA Rabi Narayan Naik said, “The way statistics was being presented in the White Papers of yesteryears, adequate data has not been given this time surprisingly. It has been done in a bid to save the skin of the State Government. It evinces that Home Department is acting in favour of the State Government.”

“The conviction rate of today is a mismatch of the rate of cases being committed. The trials of the cases and their judgements should be accordingly. It is not being satisfactorily. In 2013 statistics, number of cases 27 while only 6 convicted. Today’s White Paper published by the Home Department is aimed at favouring the State Government,” he criticized.

On the contrary, Government Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy defended, “Discussion has been initiated in the House by the Hon’ble Leader of Opposition. Ruling party will definitely keep its statement. Finally, Hon’ble Chief Minister will place his answer.”

“Whatever the Leader of Opposition has complained today, the same thing he had also raised last time in the Assembly. There is scope for discussion. Other members will also participate in the debate. We also from the Treasury Bench will participate. The issue of rate of conviction has been stated basing on authentic evidence,” he argued.

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Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, Odisha

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Rabi Narayan Naik, MLA, BJP, Odisha

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Amar Prasad Satpathy, Govt Chief Whip, Odisha