Wednesday, November 30, 2005


The Peninsula of Qatar: Orissa MPs stall House over science institute

Web posted at: 12/1/2005 2:32:52

Source ::: IANS

New Delhi: MPs from Orissa created a furore in the Lok Sabha yesterday staging noisy protests against the Congress-led central government over the alleged decision to move a proposed science institute at Bhubaneswar to Kolkata.

Declaring that the central government was "neglecting" Orissa, parliamentarians from the Biju Janata Dal (BJP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded an assurance that the National Institute of Science (NIS) would be set up in Bhubaneswar.

They said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) had taken a political decision to "shift" the proposed NIS from the Orissa capital to the West Bengal capital.

Consequently, house proceedings were stalled for 20 minutes as the MPs even staged a sit-in near the speaker's chair.

The pandemonium that followed forced Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to adjourn the house 10 minutes before the lunch recess.

Raising the issue during zero hour, BJD leader in the Lok Sabha Braja Kishore Tripathy said the UPA government had deliberately shifted the NIS, which had been granted by the previous BJP-led government at Bhubaneswar in 2003.

(Thanks to Deba for pointing this out.)
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