Senior cabinet minister for food and civil supplies Anil Deshmukh had to apologise in the state assembly after being pulled up by Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil for chatting in the House. Deshmukh was busy talking to minister for water and sanitation Laxman Dhobale when the Speaker sought the governments response to a question raised by the opposition members. However,ministers were busy talking oblivious to the discussions in the assembly. The entire opposition stood up and raised a hue and cry over the ministers indifference. The Speaker said if any of the ministers or members want to chat,they should seek some other place outside. Am embarrassed Deshmukh stood up and said,I am sorry. It will not happen again.
Dont quit… yet
Ramesh Mahale,who was the investigating officer for the 26/11 Mumbai attack,put in his papers after an alleged fallout with his seniors over the flood of high profile cases being assigned to the unit he heads. He may be serving his notice period that ends May 31 but that hasnt stopped the crime branch from assigning his unit yet another sensitive case. The recent case of assault on assistant inspector (traffic) Sachin Suryawanshi by a bunch of MLAs inside Vidhan Bhavan has also found its way to Mahales unit. Senior crime branch officials,however,maintain that Mahale had resigned owing to personal reasons.
Sound & fury
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar,in his reply to the three-day long post-budget debate in the legislative council on Monday,took a light-hearted dig at leader of opposition Vinod Tawde,albeit in his absence. Pawar said Tawde was vocal and loud while pointing out shortcomings of the 2013-14 state Budget that was presented to the legislature last week because of the presence of his wife. It is ironic that Vinod Tawde is not present in the house today to listen to the reply,considering how vociferous he was in criticising the Budget on the first day of the discussions. His wife was present in the visitors gallery on that day and all of us noticed that he kept looking at the gallery while talking with renewed vigour, said Pawar.
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