Odisha Speaker resigns ahead of Ministry reshuffle

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2017 12:54:41


May 5,


ODISHA Speaker Niranjan Pujari on Friday resigned from the post ahead of a possible reshuffle of Naveen Patnaik’s Council of Ministers.

“I hereby tender my resignation from the office of the Speaker, Odisha Legislative Assembly with effect from today,” Pujari said in a letter submitted to Deputy Speaker Sananda Marndi. Asked the reason for his sudden resignation, Pujari told newsmen, “I have decided to spend more time with the people of my constituency and therefore resigned from the post of speaker.” He declined to comment on whether he took the decision due to pressure from anyone.

Marndi said he has received Pujari’s resignation but refused to say anything on the reason behind it. It is understood that Pujari is likely to be inducted in the council of ministers.