Separate Seat For Jay

In another bid to further corner its suspended MP Baijayant Panda, Biju Janata Dal has sought removal of the Kendrapara MP from the membership of the Standing Committee on Home Affairs  in the Parliament.

BJD’s Parliamentary Party leader Bhartuhari Mahatab in a letter to Lok
Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that she may take any MP from BJD in place of Mr.Panda, who has since been suspended from the party.
Mr.Mahatab also requested Ms. Mahajan to allot a separate seat for Mr.Panda in the Lower House of the Parliament.
BJD Supremo had suspended Mr.Panda from BJD on charge of anti-party activities on January 24.

Meanwhile, in a sudden change in decision, BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik
has asked his party MPs to continue as members in the Parliament Standing Committees.

The Chief Minister on March 4 had a meeting with his party MPs at
Naveen Niwas prior to the second phase Parliamentary Budget session and discussed about the issues to be raised during the session.

that meeting, he had asked the MPs to resign as members of the Parliament Standing Committees.

Talking to media persons, leader of the BJD Parliamentary Party,
Bhartruhari Mahatab said the Chief Minister reviews the role and performance of each MP who are the members of different Parliament Standing Committees every year.
“In the meeting held on March 4, the Chief Minister had told us to resign as member of these committees. But he told me today that since the general elections will be held in less than a year, performance appraisal of the MPs would not be proper. So he asked all the party MPs to continue as members of these standing committees,” Mr.Mahatab said.

To a question on whether the suspended BJD MP Baijayant Panda has
resigned as a member of the Standing Committee, Mr.Mahatab said “As far as I know, he has not resigned.”

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