Bhubaneswar, Nov 24: The Odisha Assembly, cutting across party lines, on Thursday condoled the demise of former ministers and members who have passed away during the intervening period of last session and the ongoing winter session.
They paid their tribute to the departed leaders and prayed for the salvation of the departed souls.
Chief Minister and leader of the Assembly Naveen Patnaik moved the obituary reference and expressed his profound grief over the death of former Ministers Bijaya ranjan Singh Bariha and Golak behari Nayak, former members Bishnu Charan Sethi,Kapil Naraya Tiwary and Gopnaraya Das.
Patnaik requested the Speaker to convey the condolence of the house to the bereaved family members.
Leader of Opposition Jaya Naraya Mishra, Congress Legislature Party leader Narasinha Mishra and CPI-M leader Laxman Munda too expressed their profound grief at the passing away of former members of the house.
Speaker B K Arukh also joined the Chief Minister and others to condole the demise of the former members.
The house observed one minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
The Speaker then adjourned the house till 1700 hours.
The first supplementary budget will be presented on the inaugural day of the house at 1700 hours today.