A Congress MLA created a stir in the Orissa assembly on Tuesday when he climbed on the speaker's podium and lay down on it to demand chief minister Naveen Patnaik's resignation over the Orissa high court's adverse order on land acquisition for the proposed Vedanta University in Puri.
Rajendra Kumar Chatria climbed on the podium after he and his party colleagues brushed aside the security staff's efforts to stop the MLA.
The house was adjourned for a few hours amid the pandemonium sparked by Chatria's unusual act. "This is unfortunate. You can see the unruly behaviour of the Congress members," Patnaik said.
The chief minister said the Congress demand for his resignation was completely unjustified and that the Congress members had no right to stall the proceeding of the assembly and sabotage a discussion on issues affecting the state.
The scene took place on a day when more than 30,000 Congress workers gathered for a rally in Bhubaneswar to press for Patnaik's ouster.
The protesters burned Patnaik's effigies for allegedly selling the state to the corporate sector. State Congress chief KP Singh Deo said his party would demand Patnaik's resignation inside as well as outside the assembly.