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Sena,MNS members suspended as debate demand takes ugly turn

There seems to be no end to govt-Oppn standoff over demand to discuss irrigation scam in legislature.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 27, 2013 3:59:21 am

There seems to be no end to the standoff between the government and the opposition over the demand to discuss the alleged irrigation scam in the legislature.

In fact,the bitterness is set to increase with the opposition deciding Friday to move a no-faith motion against Legislative Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh for suspending senior Shiv Sena member Diwakar Raote.

In the Assembly,MNS member Praveen Darekar was also suspended for using foul language against Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Chavan termed the developments unfortunate but Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Harshvardhan Patil said,“The suspensions are on grounds that cannot be disputed.”

State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis said,“The government is trying to stifle the voice of the opposition. It shows political arrogance of the ruling Congress and NCP.”

Leader of Opposition in the Council Vinod Tawde said,“We are moving a no-confidence motion against Deshmukh Monday. We have written to him expressing disappointment.”

At a closed-door meeting Friday morning to end the deadlock over the opposition demand for a debate on the alleged irrigation scam,Raote slammed Deshmukh,who denied the discussion Thursday saying the matter was sub-judice.

Congress and NCP leaders said Raote did not maintain decorum while addressing the Chairman and was suspended for a year.

Tawde,however,said,“The suspension of Raote was unwarranted. It is a move to stall our demand for a debate on the irrigation scam.”

After Chavan replied to a debate on Mumbai in the Assembly,members of the opposition expressed disappointment and walked out.

While heading out,Darekar allegedly used unparliamentary language.

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