|News||Posted By: hindtodaynews on:12/1/2008 11:18:33 PM|
'Manmohan' - the name itself is the defense &
unlike Maheswar Mohanty, Manmohan Samal should say that - What is his
fault if he acted according to his parents given name..
If Sanghamitra Singh slipped over a soap in the Guest house and committed 'Ek hi Bhool' - Why Manmohan need to be blamed ?
The Saviour Naveen is still there to hush up the issue by
referring to State Human Rights Commission; Minister must get another
ticket from BJP because he is a victim of human rights abuse.
Posted on December 1, 2008 by Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Orissa Assembly vexed over sex scandal has sacrificed its scheduled
business even of today in the altar of parliamentary probity even as
Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal has asserted that he has done nothing
wrong to earn queer headlines.
He has confessed in the Assembly that he had spent time with a lady
namely Sanghamitra Singh in the official guest house of Orissa
Government at New Delhi during the period from November 4 to 7, 2008;
but that was cultural in nature, not immoral.
The Minister in his statement under direction from the Speaker has
informed that the lady organizes a cultural event in his constituency
known as Salandi Mahotsava. He had arranged her stay in the official
guest-house at New Delhi to help her contact guests for the event and
synchronized it with his own visit to the national capital in order to
facilitate better coordination. His togetherness with her had no
immorality and putting any insinuation in circulation would be wrong,
the minister has maintained.
But the Opposition is not willing to take it so lightly. It wants
the Minister to quit to save the state from further embarrassment and
demands a statement from the Chief Minister over the issue so that the
Government as a whole could be tested on the matrix of probity.
The CM is yet to react. Stalemate continues.
Assembly aproar over sex scandal
Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, Dec. 1: Stepping up the heat on revenue minister Mr
Manmohan Samal (BJP), the Opposition stalled proceedings in the
Assembly today demanding resignation of the minister on the basis of
media reports over his alleged sexual escapades.
No legislative work could be accomplished as agitated Congress members
stormed the Well of the assembly waiving newspapers and shouting
slogans. Speaker Mr Kishore Mohanty was forced to adjourn the House
repeatedly and then convene a meeting of leaders of all political
parties to resolve the deadlock.
Congress leaders said they had placed three points at the all party
meeting ~ the ministers should resign, the CM should make a statement
in the Assembly and a House committee should probe into the allegations
against Mr Samal.
Reliable sources said the ruling BJD-BJP coalition sought time to
respond to the Opposition demand since CM Mr Naveen Patnaik was in New
Later when the assembly met for the post-lunch session, Congress MLA Mr
Umesh Swain moved a notice of breach of privilege against Mr Samal and
was supported by his party colleagues. Amidst noisy scenes the house
was adjourned yet again and finally for the day.
It may be noted here that since day one ~ 26th November ~ of the
current session, the allegations against Mr Samal has been raised by
the Opposition members. The Opposition has repeatedly stalled the House
demanding a statement from the CM.
Mr Samal who made a statement on the issue denied the charges but did
say that he was in New Delhi and had extended hospitality to a lady of
his constituency who had sought help to make certain arrangements.
The entire incident relates to a newspaper report which, without naming
Mr Samal, had said that a minister was put to much embarrassment at New
Delhi recently when some Congress activists had confronted him on the
presence of a lady in his room.
Significantly, the issue has gathered momentum in political circles
here with the BJD leadership finding itself in a fix as it relates to a
BJP minister. Till date CM Mr Naveen Patnaik has, over the last eight
years, restrained himself from taking any action against any member of
his coalition partner. Mr Patnaik has sacked several BJD Ministers but
has not acted upon allegations against any BJP member of his cabinet.
The general impression is that the CM's hands are tied in this regard
and the maximum that he can do is to inform and seek clearance of the
BJP central leadership before taking any action.
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