3 BJP MLAs suspended for hurling shoes at Odisha Assembly Speaker; Suspended MLAs stage night-long dharna on Assembly premises

Bhubaneswar: Three senior BJP MLAs were suspended from the remaining days of the ongoing Budget Session of the State Assembly for hurling shoes and earphones at Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro’s podium during the House proceedings on Saturday.

They are Opposition Chief Whip Mohan Charan Majhi, Deputy Leader of Opposition Bishnu Charan Sethi and senior member Jayanarayan Mishra.

The Speaker suspended the three members after examining the video footage of the incident of unprecedented and unpleasant nature.

Earlier in the day, the Assembly witnessed the ugly scenes as the BJP MLAs hurled shoes, earphones and papers at the Speaker’s podium. The incident took place during the passage of Bills. The BJP members questioned as to why the Bills, including the Odisha Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, were passed without debate.

The Opposition members also went berserk when the Speaker rejected an Adjournment Motion brought by the Congress on the mining issue. Meanwhile, the BJP members staged a dharna near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Assembly premises to protest the suspension order of the Speaker against three of their colleagues.

BJP MLAs on dharna throughout the night against suspension of 3 MLAs for unruly behaviour by Speaker Surya Patro.