Speaker playing unfair role in Odisha House, alleges BJP

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By Our Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: The BJP on Friday alleged that Odisha Assembly Speaker SN Patro was playing unfair role in the House and not allowing its leaders to speak on key issues.

Leader of Opposition, Pradipta Naik said, the party members would protest it by keeping silent in the House. Instead the BJP members would rather silently sit in the house to protest on different issues, Naik added.

Naik said that Speaker Patro has not been allowing the BJP and especially the Leader of the Opposition to speak on important issues like the controversial death of village-level worker Smita Ranjan Biswal.

“It was perhaps because of unfair role of Speaker, in the history of Odisha Assembly such things hardly occur when the Opposition leader is standing and wants to speak but the Speaker is not ready to allow him to do so,” Naik said.

 “We have decided to sit silently in the House at our place with black tapes attached to our mouth. We have been forced to adapt this form of protest,” Naik told reporters.

Naik also said that the BJP is not satisfied with the investigation being conducted regarding the death of Biswal. He stated that a murder FIR should be lodged regarding the death of Biswal. He also said that the Jajpur SP should be suspended for the insensitive remarks he made against the deceased.

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