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Stormy Monsoon Session on cards; 12 Bills likely to be passed

Bhubaneswar, Sep 20: The Monsoon Session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly beginning here tomorrow is likely to be a stormy affair with opposition Congress and BJP geared up to put the ruling BJD in the dock on a host of issues, including Mahanadi dispute, Nagada malnutrition deaths, civilians killing by police in Kandhamal.

Besides, the reports of BJD MLAs demanding bribe for establishment of industries and Dana Majhi carrying his wife’s dead body on shoulders for 12 km after being denied ambulance by authorities are likely to be raised by the opposition parties.

On the other hand, the ruling BJD would make the Polavaram project and the construction of barrages upstream the Mahanadi in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh as main issues.
Both opposition Congress and ruling BJD have summoned separate party Legislature Party meetings to fine tune the strategies on Tuesday.

Notably, the BJP Legislature Party meeting was held a few days ago.

 “We will take up serious issues, including Mahanadi and Polavaram, on the floor of the House. Besides, cutting of Central assistances in crucial schemes will also be raised,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters after the BJDLP meeting.

Leader of Opposition Narasinga Mishra said his party Congress would make the Mahanadi water sharing dispute as the major issue among mnay others.

According to the schedule of the Assembly Secretariat, the session would have eight working days and conclude on September 29.

Parliament Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh told reporters that as many as 12 important Bills are scheduled to be discussed and passed during the session.

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