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Opposition stalls Assembly proceedings again

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Slogan-shouting against Naveen over Vedanta University land deal


Congress members making arrangements for Rahul's visit

He will visit four districts during his two-day visit


BHUBANESWAR: The Congress legislators, who are in a jubilant mood ahead of the visit of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi to the State, stalled the proceedings of the State Assembly on Monday to highlight their demand for the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in view of the judgment in the cases pertaining to the controversial land acquisition for the proposed Vedanta University. They entered the well of the House just about 15 minutes after the question hour began in the morning and shouted slogans against the Chief Minister accusing his government of showing undue favours to the promoter of the university project Anil Agarwal Foundation.

The Congress legislators wanted to know what action the State government was taking about implementation of the High Court order by which the court had quashed the notifications for acquisition of thousands of acres of land for the proposed varsity.

The agitating Congress Members also demanded an inquiry into the allegations levelled by a senior legislator of the ruling Biju Janata Dal that some Congress legislators had taken money to remain silent in the Assembly on the Vedanta land deal.

As the House continued to witness uproarious scenes, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the proceedings till 3 p.m. and then for the day.

Meanwhile, the Congressmen outside the Assembly were busy making arrangements for Mr. Gandhi's visit to the State on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to party sources, Mr. Gandhi was scheduled to visit places such as Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Baripada during his two-day trip and interact with college students in different auditoriums.

Mr. Gandhi has no plan to address any public meeting or rally during his visit.

The last time Mr. Gandhi had come to the State was on August 26 when he had addressed a rally of tribal people near Niyamgiri hills at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district.

The AICC general secretary had visited Lanjigarh just days after the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests denied permission to Vedanta Aluminium Limited to carry out mining in the Niyamgiri hills.

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