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Crying bias,Oppn boycotts House,meets Guv

The Governor is learnt to have assured them he would take up the matter with the state government.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 16, 2014 3:42 pm

Taking forward the grouse they aired on Tuesday,the Opposition on Wednesday boycotted the Assembly and took their complaint of alleged bias in allocations in the budget to Governor K Sankaranarayanan.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse led the delegation and submitted a memorandum that stated,“The government has ignored development in constituencies held by BJP,Shiv Sena and MNS.”

The Governor is learnt to have assured them he would take up the matter with the state government.

Earlier,CM Prithviraj Chavan convened a meeting of opposition leaders to discuss the matter. The CM said,“If there is injustice,corrections can be made.”

BJP (MLA) Devendra Fadnavis said,“Since 2009,we have been facing discrimination in allocations. The Congress NCP government has given sanction to all projects of their members. The opposition MLAs got a raw deal.”

Citing an example,he said,“There is a sub-head where Rs 150 crore is set aside for works in constituencies. Almost Rs 139 crore has been sanctioned for proposals of ruling Congress and NCP members. Another Rs 10 crore is for independent MLAs tilted towards the ruling parties. The opposition that comprises 115 members (BJP,Sena ,MNS and Independents) got just Rs 1 crore.”

Deputy CM and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar rubbished allegations. “The opposition is exaggerating the entire issue and playing politics,” he said.

He said,“The government has given priority to development works based on requirement and proposals received.”

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