Opposition chief whip Mohan Majhi vehemently criticised the State government for its Ministers skipping house proceedings.
“If the Finance Minister will not present to table the supplementary budget in the House; if the Parliamentary Minister will not come to the House then it is understandable how the government showcases its willingness to work for the development of the people in the State,” Majhi said.
Similarly, Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati said that these Ministers were disrespecting the people of Odisha and State Assembly by skipping the House proceedings.
“Ministers and MLAs are busy in campaigning for their party candidate for the ensuing Padampur by-poll, skipping the proceedings of the House. It’s a murder of democracy,” Bahinipati said.
Today, the House witnessed a thin attendance on the first day of the session as about half of the ruling BJD members remained absent.
Ministers Niranjan Pujari, Naba Kishore Das, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Rohit Pujari, Tukuni Sahu, Jagannath Saraka, Rajendra Dholakia, Rita Sahu, Samir Ranjan Dash and Pratap Keshari Deb remained absent today.
On behalf of Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari, Panchayatiraj Minister Pradip Kumar Amat tabled the first supplementary budget of Rs 16,800 crore for the year 2022-23 in the State Assembly this evening.
Around 60 MLAs of ruling party were absent when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik moved the condolence motion, paying tributes to deceased sitting MLAs and former MLAs.
Sources said that many of the ruling party members are busy in the Padampur by-election, which is scheduled to be held on December 5.