Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA) continues to face pandemonium for the fourth consecutive day on 3 February with the Congress Lawmakers demanding an apology from the Prime Minister over his remarks on Odisha's poverty. And BJP Members are demonstrating asking for apology of BJD Members, which they obliged.
The OLA witnessed noisy scenes as soon as it assembled for the day with the BJP members staging a demonstration in the Well during Question Hour. They demanded an apology from two BJD Lawmakers, who had used certain objectionable utterances against the Prime Minister on 2 February.
So the Speaker adjourned the proceedings twice as the BJP members continued to create a ruckus demanding an apology from the BJD.
When the Assembly reassembled at 12.15 pm, two Treasury Bench Lawmakers, Mahesh Sahu and Samir Ranjan Dash, regretted using certain words against the Prime Minister for his alleged anti-Odisha remarks at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh.
"I am sorry if my friends in the BJP are hurt. But, I am not worried about my statement as it was to defend the pride of Odisha," Mr.Sahu said.
He demanded that the BJP members also express regret in the House for the anti-Odisha statement of the Prime Minister.
Mr.Dash too regretted his statement against Mr.Modi but added that the Prime Minister's remarks on Odisha's poverty were an insult to the state's pride.
However, after the BJD MLAs' statements, the Congress Members rushed to the Well and demanded an apology from the Prime Minister.
"We demand a censure motion be passed in the House as the Prime Minister's remark has hurt lakhs of people in the State. Nobody in the state approves of such a statement from the prime minister," said Congress Chief Whip Taraprasad Bahinipati, who led the agitation in the Well of the House.
Mr.Bahinipati also raised a question on Leader of the House (Chief Minister) Naveen Patnaik's silence on the matter.