India, Nov. 22 -- Congress Odisha MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati on Saturday created a flutter in the Assembly threatening to slit his throat if the state government went ahead with its decision to shut down 14,000 schools primary and upper primary schools across the state in the name of consolidation and rationalisation.

"The decision to shut down the schools violates the right to education. I have told the Assembly Speaker that if the schools are closed, I will take my life in the Assembly," said Bahinipati.

However, school and mass education minister Sameer Dash said 7,772 schools and not 14,000 schools would be closed down for imparting quality education to the students. "It is not possible to provide those students even a classroom and...