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Adarsh scam stalls both houses of Maharashtra Legislature

india Updated: Dec 07, 2010 19:00 IST

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Both Houses of Maharashtra State Legislature were stalled on Tuesday with the Opposition demanding appointment of a joint legislative party probe and full fledged discussion on the Adarsh scam.

The Lower House was adjourned twice as BJP and Shiv Sena members stormed the Well and disrupted the proceedings.

Similarly, the Upper House saw four short adjournments before it was adjourned for the day after the Opposition did not allow regular business to take place.

Normalcy resumed in the the Assembly after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan assured to take up discussion on Adarsh scam tomorrow.

Opposition leader Eknath Khadse earlier raised the issue, saying it was urgent and treasury benches should suspend Question hour and take up the discussion on the scam.

Khadse was joined by Sena's Subhash Desai who tried to implicate former Chief Minister Narayan Rane saying all those involved including the former CM, in an obvious reference to Rane, and the role played by the bureaucrats should be probed.

While conceding the demand of the Opposition to hold discussion, Chavan argued that since the Winter Session of State Legislature was being held in Vidarbha, priority should be given to issues related to Vidarbha.

He requested that since the House was taking up issues related to Vidarbha and Marathwada today, the discussion on the scam could be held on Wednesday.

The opposition parties accepted his argument and resumed business in the Assembly.

In the Legislative Council, pandemonium prevailed right from the beginning. Opposition leader Pandurang Phundkar (BJP), Ramdas Kadam, Diwakar Raote (both from Sena) and others were on their feet demanding discussion on Adarsh scam.

Leader of the House, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar tried to pacify agitating members who stormed the Well and disrupted the proceedings.

After four short adjournments, the House was finally adjourned for the day.