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The monsoon session of Parliament is all set to begin on the 20th of July and the Odisha unit of the BJP and Congress are prepared to launch a full-fledged attack on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the controversial visits of the 5T Secretary.
In the last Assembly session, the Opposition highlighted the issue of undemocratic visits by the 5T Secretary to announce projects in several districts. The same issue is expected to be raised in the upcoming session of Parliament. BJP MP Suresh Pujari said it would be prudent of the BJD to present the model of the 5T Secretary’s visits to the people in the session of Parliament.
Congress Koraput MP Saptagiri Ulaka has commented on the violation of service conduct rule by the 5T Secretary, VK Pandian, expressing his uneasiness. In response, BJD MP from Jajpur, Sarmistha Sethi has alleged that Odisha has been transformed under the 5T initiative and the CMO is going to the public to address their grievances which would be publicised in a positive way.
The BJD is determined to bring up the issue of focus state status for Odisha, apart from other topics such as the non-procurement of parboiled rice by FCI, and also demand an introduction of a passenger train to Kendrapara. At the same time, the demand for the Women’s Reservation Bill has been labelled as the primary concern.
On the other hand, the BJP has put forth the issue of corruption and accused the State government of distributing the houses under the PM Awas Yojana to the ineligible beneficiaries, creating an artificial shortage.
The 23-day monsoon session of parliament will have 15 sittings and 17 working days in which the Centre will table and attempt to pass 21 new and seven existing bills. With so many burning issues to tackle, it will be interesting to see what transpires in Parliament over the next few weeks