There was an uproar in the House on Saturday over the ban imposed on the media by Odisha Legislative Assembly Speaker SN Patra, which led to the adjournment of the House twice. As the Question Hour began at 10.30 am, members of the House started creating uproar, with Congress and BJP MLAs urging the Speaker to reconsider his order and allow the media to report the activities taking place in the House.
The house was uproar as the Speaker ignored the demands, which led to the adjournment of the House first till 11.30 am, then later at 3 pm. Assembly Speaker Patra in a decision on Friday directed both the print and electronic media not to report an uproar inside the house and banned the use of the names of the opposing members. This decision of the president was strongly criticized by the BJP and the Congress.
Leader of Opposition in BJP’s house Pradeep Kumar Naik said that the Speaker’s decision for the democratic rights of MLAs was “harmful” and demanded that the decision be withdrawn immediately. Senior Congress MLA S Saluja said, “In a democratic set up, this decision of the Speaker of the Assembly is not acceptable. If the MLAs do not protest in the assembly, where will they do it? Protest in legislative assembly is the democratic right of the legislators. “