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Odisha Assembly adjourned for respect to Kalam, JB

Bhubaneswar, August 18: The Monsoon Session of the Odisha Assembly was adjourned till Wednesday after paying rich tributes to the departed former members of the House, including former president of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and former Chief Minister of Odisha and Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik.

As soon as the House assembled on the opening day of the Monsoon Session, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik moved the condolence motion. The House observed a minute’s silent prayer for the late members of the House and martyrs.

The House also condoled the deaths of former Ministers Sri Ballav Panigrahi, Ananda Acharya, Kalpataru Das, Karitka Mohapatra, former MLAs Parsuram Panigrahi, Sarat Paikray and Premalata Mohapatra and gramrakhi of the Odisha police Jaga Khilla.

“The sad demise of the ex-president of India, ex-Chief Minister, ex-members of this August House and the martyr is a irreparable loss to the nation and to the members of the bereaved families. I, therefore, request you to kindly convey our sincere condolence to the bereaved families”, Patnaik said in his message addressed to the Speaker.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and BJP Legislature Party leader Basanta Panda also condoled the deaths of former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam, former Chief Minister JB Patnaik and four former Ministers, three former MLAs and one grama rakhi of the Odisha Assembly.
“All the questions scheduled to be tabled today were considered as presented. The question hour will begin on Wednesday” Speaker Niranjan Pujari said.

Later, the Speaker adjourned the House, to be reassembled on Wednesday. The Monsson Session will have 11 working days including two private members’ days.

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