At the end of the three-week-long winter session in Nagpur, the stage is set for a big battle between the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena and the Congress-NCP, determined to score political upmanship over the agricultural crisis and corruption charges against cabinet ministers in the Fadnavis government. Even though the relations have strained between BJP-Sena and Congress-NCP, the allies seem to have come closer than before.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis indicated that they would meet the Maharashtra governor to complain against the conduct of the chairman in state legislative council. The decision to adjourn the council without concluding with the traditional national anthem was much discussed in the corridors of power.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Dhananjay Munde threatened to knock the court’s doors against government’s failure to act against corruption charges against five cabinet ministers. The chairman of the state council Ramraje Nimbalkar, following acrimony in the House, with members of ruling and opposition at loggerheaded, announced adjournment. It invited flak from cabinet ministers Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde, who said, “There are some decorums that cannot be thrown to the winds.”
Earlier, senior BJP ministers threatened to bring in an allegation of breach of privilege against the chairman of council as they were not allowed to issue clarifications when corruption charges were levelled by Dhanajay Munde on Tuesday. All the ministers were given a fair chance to make their statements heard on Wednesday.
Fadnavis said, “ Throughout, it appeared as if the opposition was in a state of confusion. Staging a walkout when important issues were being discussed shows they wanted to politicise the session.”
The tone and tenor on the last day saw political positioning with Congress-NCP speaking as an united voice against government’s failure to give complete loan waiver to farmers. The Congress-NCP is gearing up to file PIL against food and civil supplies minister Girish Bapat alleging corruption in pulse seizure.
They want to take Vinod Tawde and Vishnu Sawara to court as well for misuse of funds for students’ scholarships. Although all ministers have pledged innocence, the opposition appears unrelenting.
Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said, “There cannot be smoke without fire. We have to find ways to expose the tainted ministers.”