In an usual demand, members of the upper house on Tuesday said that legislators be given membership of elite clubs in Mumbai as these were operating on the land, belonging to the state government.
The issue was raised in the Legislative Council through a special mention by Subhash Chavan (Congress), which was endorsed by both the treasury and opposition benches.
The NCP member Jitendra Awhad pointed out that a club in Breach Candy that is on a land, belonging to the state revenue department did not even allow memberships to Indians. "The club does not give membership unless the applicant has a foreign passport," he said and added that seven of the nine members on the working committee of the Club were foreigners. "This is reminiscent of the British regime when Indians were not allowed into several establishments," Awhad rued.
The Deputy chairman Vasant Davkhare directed the state government to convene a meeting to discuss the issue and how legislators could be given memberships in those clubs in Mumbai, provided they should fulfill terms and conditions of the clubs.
Maharashtra labour minister Nawab Malik assured the House that he would convene a meeting soon in this regard. "Efforts would also be made to charge a reasonable fee from the legislators," he added. The minister also assured the House that the government would conduct an inquiry in not giving membership to Indians and initiate necessary action against those responsible.
In another question, Vinod Tawade (BJP) demanded action against Mumbai Sheriff Indu Shahani for leaving the city to go abroad during the Mumbai terror attack.
Raising the issue in the House, Tawade said that the Mumbai sheriff had left for Australia, along with a few other fellow academicians, on November 28 itself, whereas the commando action at various places under attack in Mumbai ended only on November 29.
The BJP member demanded an inquiry to probe the entire episode. She proceeded on the tour despite requests against undertaking the same and this shows insensitivity on her part as the Sheriff is supposed to be responsible for the safety and security of the people of Mumbai city, Tawade claimed. "The sheriff thus insulted the people of Mumbai," he said and insisted either abolish the post or sack her from the post.