Speaker says no to motion on mining scam

Bhubaneswar: It was almost action replay for Congress MLAs in Odisha Assembly on Thursday, when Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat rejected their adjournment notice on multi-crore mining scam in state.

It was the second consecutive adjournment notice by the Congress during the current session, which has been turned down by the Speaker on grounds of ‘not a recent event’. Earlier on Wednesday, Amat had refused to allow an adjournment notice on ‘Loot of relief materials by BJD corporators in Cuttack Municipal Corporation.’

The treasury bench supported the Speaker’s decision arguing that since the Justice M B Shah Commission report on mining scam is yet to be tabled in the Parliament, so it was not proper to debate on that issue before that.

However, political observers opined that the Congress members smartly brought up the CMC relief material loot issue a day before the CMC polls and then once again surprised the BJD by raising the multi-crore mining scam row, just a day before the crucial Rajya Sabha polls. Luckily, they wre saved from blushes due to the Speaker’s decisions.

However, the Congress MLAs were upset with the Speaker’s decision and remarked that the ruling party was saved from humiliations. But there were enough grounds why the issues should have been debated in the floor of the Assembly.