House deadlock ends as govt agrees to debate on irrigation

The deadlock between the government and Opposition in the legislature ended late Monday night after it was decided to revoke the suspension of Shiv Sena and MNS members and allow a debate on the irrigation scam.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 9, 2014 2:46 pm

The deadlock between the government and Opposition in the legislature ended late Monday night after it was decided to revoke the suspension of Shiv Sena and MNS members and allow a debate on the irrigation scam.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Parliamentary Affairs minister Harshvardhan Patil took the initiative.

Chavan said: “Opposition protesting inside the Assembly is not good for the image of the government.”

Another senior Congress minister said,“The developments of the day (Monday,when the Opposition staged a mock Assembly) reflected badly on Chavan.”

Praveen Darekar of MNS was suspended last week for abusing Chavan in the Assembly,while senior Shiv Sena MLC Diwakar Raote was meted out the same treatment after he misbehaved with Chairman of the Council Shivajirao Deshmukh. Omraje Nimbalkar of Sena was suspended for running away with the Speaker’s mace in the budget session.

Patil said,“The suspensions of MNS MLA Praveen Darekar and Omraje Nimbalkar will be revoked in a couple of days.”

However,a decision on Raote will be taken after a discussion with Deshmukh Tuesday. Earlier in the day,Opposition leaders displayed unity to corner the ruling Congress and NCP.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse said,“We have decided to withdraw our protest and begin normal work Tuesday following assurances given by Chavan and Patil.”

Leader of the Opposition in the Council Vinod Tawde said,“The government has agreed to a discussion on irrigation Tuesday.”

At least three meetings were held in the day with Chavan trying to persuade Opposition leaders to allow the legislature to function.

Meanwhile,NCP appears to have put the entire blame for the deadlock on Congress.

At an internal meeting chaired by president Sharad Pawar,the party decided to leave it to Chavan and Patil to tackle the situation.

Interestingly,both suspensions — of Darekar and Raote — were ordered by Congress members — Deputy Speaker of Assembly Purke and Chairman of Council Deshmukh.

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