Both Houses of the legislature were disrupted for the second successive day Tuesday with Opposition members demanding resignation of deputy CM Ajit Pawar for his controversial remarks on load shedding and drought in the state and an apology from CM Prithviraj Chavan.
The legislative Assembly was adjourned twice as the Opposition tried to move a censure motion against Pawar. Rejection of the motion by Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil created pandemonium and the House was adjourned for the day. He said Pawar had already apologised four times in 48 hours and the matter should be closed.
The demand by Sudhir Mungantiwar of BJP and others to speak on the issue was also rejected by the Chair. He (Pawar) should quit. CM should make a statement in the House,apologise and sack Ajit Pawar, Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse said.
The censure motion was moved by Shiv Sena group leader Subhash Desai,who termed the Pawar remarks derogatory. If a censure motion is passed,the council of ministers has to pass a confidence motion as well.
Meanwhile,the Council also saw noisy scenes. While Leader of Opposition Vinod Tawde demanded an apology from CM,Sena group leader Diwar Raote and Jayant Patil of PWP wanted a debate on the conduct of Pawar.
Rejection of the demands by Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh caused furore and led to the House being adjourned for the day.
The Budget session,which started on March 11,has been marred by controversies and frequent disruptions.
The House has already lost seven of 25 days to disruptions and holidays. The first week was disrupted by Opposition over a statement made by Attorney General Darius Khambata that rulings of the governor were not binding on the state government,while the subsequent week was disrupted as MLAs protested arrest of fellow members for beating up a traffic cop.
Agitating farmer stopped
Prabhakar Deshmukh,the farmer from Solapur who was target of snide remarks made by Dy CM Ajit Pawar at a recent public rally in Indapur,was stopped by police Tuesday morning from entering CM residence Varsha. He and other farmers wanted to meet CM to complain about water shortage in their region. The group was stopped as CM was not in the house at the time. Deshmukh has been on a fast since February 5 to protest inadequate water supply to his region.