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Chavan braces for first assembly session as CM

india Updated: Dec 14, 2008 23:50 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

With the terror attacks in Mumbai as the backdrop, Ashok Chavan will face his first litmus test as the new chief minister when the winter session of the Maharashtra legislature begins in Nagpur on Monday.

Chavan on Sunday said he would like to take the Opposition and all others concerned along with him in meeting the challenges posed in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. “We are planning to meet the opposition members immediately after the state Assembly meets on Monday to condole the terror victims and for discussing the plan to improve the security measures in the state and other acute problems as well,” he said.

However, the opposition does not seem to be in a mood to cooperate. The Shiv Sena-BJP led opposition launched a vituperative attack on Chavan and said the CM did not even observe the ordinary courtesy of inviting them to discuss the government’s plan to deal with fallout of the terrorist attacks In Mumbai.

Ramdas Kadam, the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde said replacing the CM and the deputy chief minister was not sufficient.Senior police officers and government officials responsible for the lapses should also be dealt with firmly.