Speaker SN Patro, while announcing the end of the winter session, said that no important official business of the House is pending.
It is noteworthy that the eighth session of the 16th Legislative Assembly, which began on 1 December and was to end on 31 December.
The abduction and murder of the teacher led to a ruckus in the House as opposition members demanded the removal and arrest of Minister of State for Home DS Mishra, who has allegedly saved the prime accused in the case.
In nine working days, no important business took place in the House. Opposition MLAs raised slogans, blocked the gates of the assembly and sprinkled Gangajal and cow dung for “purification”.
Members of the opposition alleged that Minister Mishra let the main accused escape from police custody on October 17. He was captured again on 19 October.
A 24-year-old teacher of a private school in Kalahandi district had gone missing on October 8 and her decomposed body was recovered from the school playground on October 19.
The school management committee president is the main accused in the murder case and it is alleged that he is close to minister Mishra. There was uproar in the house regarding this.
On Friday, as soon as the House passed the Odisha Appropriation (No. 2) Bill, 2021, government’s chief whip Pramila Malik moved a motion regarding the adjournment of the assembly. The resolution was passed by voice vote, while members of the opposition BJP and Congress staged a walkout in protest.
On the first day of the session, Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented a Rs 19,833 crore supplementary budget for 2021-22, which was easily passed in the 147-member House with the support of 113 MLAs of the ruling BJD.