BJP MLA attempts suicide in assembly over delayed paddy procurement

Bhubaneswar: High drama was enacted today at Odisha Legislative Assembly with a BJP lawmaker attempting to commit suicide by consuming sanitiser containing toxic substances. BJP MLA Subash Panigrahi attempted to consume sanitiser soon after the house resumed its proceedings after 4 pm to register protest against government’s inaction in paddy procurement. Panigrahi who represents Bargarh assembly constituency had earlier had earlier staged dhrana and threatened to end life over the paddy procurement issue.

However untoward occurrence was averted as his party colleagues and some members of ruling BJD stopped Panigrahi from consuming the toxic substances. Earlier the opening day of the second phase of Odisha Assembly’s budget session on Friday witnessed noisy protests by the opposition BJP and Congress members over alleged mismanagement in paddy procurement across the state.

Members of both the opposition parties rushed to the well of the House as soon as it assembled for the question hour at 10.30 over the issue. Unable to run the proceedings, Speaker SN Patro adjourned the proceeding first till 11.30 am and later till 4 pm. The second leg of the budget session of the assembly however resumed after 4 pm. The 2nd leg of budget session will continue till 9 April.

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