Speaking on the resolution, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, ‘Odisha has picked up growth momentum and to further accelerate growth, wider consultations are necessary. In this context legislative council will be of great help.’
The resolution was passed as it got support of 104 of the 147 members of the Assembly while opposition Congress and BJP stayed away from the House. Before going to vote, the ruling party of the Odisha sent two ministers – Prafulla Samal and Ananta Das – to request opposition members to return to the House and participate in the voting. As they turned down the request, a voting was conducted.
However, the opposition called the state government’s move for establishment of a Legislative Council, had intention to “rehabilitate” the ruling BJD leaders. They walked out of the House in protest. The opposition alleged that the council formation has no meaningful use to the people of Odisha as it will only solve the political agenda of the ruling party. Congress expressed that it is unfortunate that the state government is spending Rs 35 crore per annum towards setting up of the council.