Odisha assembly speaker says sorry to opposition leader, gets appreciation | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com


BHUBANESWAR: Odisha assembly speaker Surya Narayan Patro on Tuesday said “sorry” to leader of opposition Pradipta Naik regretting his move of not allowing Naik to speak in the assembly on Monday. While Naik called it a noble gesture, many other MLAs appreciated the speaker’s magnanimity during Zero Hour.
Referring to his own decision on Monday, Patro said, “The leader of opposition wanted to speak something yesterday (Monday). Without understanding it fully, I did not allow saying matters already raised can’t be repeated without realising what he wanted to say and adjourned the house. I am sorry for that,” Patro said. Patro also asked Naik to speak on the matter he wanted.
Patro, a seven-time MLA and former minister who has been winning assembly elections continuously since 1990, said all MLAs are colleagues. While good actions must be appreciated, there is no harm in accepting a mistake done with or without one’s knowledge.
Appreciating the speaker for his “large-heartedness,” Naik said, “I am thankful to the speaker for his generosity.” Adding further Naik said in the parliamentary system of democracy, the house must listen to the opposition and the speaker has to be impartial.
Appreciating the exemplary impartiality of Somnath Chatterjee as Lok Sabha Speaker, Naik said, “Even if a party elects you (Speaker), you can’t attend the party meeting. Your position is impartial.” The speaker responded by saying, “I am impartial.”
Joining the debate, BJD MLA Amar Prasad Satpathy said, “It is very rare for the Speaker to extend such a gesture of saying sorry to a leader. After this, nobody should question the impartiality and magnanimity of the office of the speaker.” BJP’s Bishnu Sethy too appreciated the speaker’s move.
After storming into the well of the house for the first two days of the session on November 13 and 14 and then boycotting the house continuously from November 15 over the mysterious death of Smitarani, the BJP members had joined the assembly proceedings in the post-lunch session on Monday when the LOP had wanted to speak, but could not get a chance. On Monday, Naik wanted to speak on mysterious death of Smitrarani Biswal, a panchayat executive officer Naik raised the Smitarani death issue on Tuesday. “A woman employee (Smitarani) died on duty. There is no reason why she should commit suicide. Probe must find out which ruling party MLA or MP is sheltering the accused,” he said.

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