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MNS not sorry, wants MLAs taken back

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday requested the Speaker to reconsider the suspension of its four assembly members for assaulting Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2009 00:52 IST
HT Correspondent

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday requested the Speaker to reconsider the suspension of its four assembly members for assaulting Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi.

Azmi was slapped on Monday for not taking oath as the member of assembly in Marathi.

The party, which made its assembly debut this time, apologised to a woman member for “disrespect” caused to her during Monday's chaos in the House, but not to Azmi.

In a unanimous decision, the assembly had suspended Shishir Shinde, Ram Kadam, Vasant Gite and Ramesh Wanjale for assaulting Azmi.

“The suspension or at least the quantum of suspension of our legislators should be reduced. There is no question of being apologetic about the Azmi incident,” party’s leader in the House Bala Nandgaonkar said.

“However, we’re sorry for what our sister (Peasants and Workers Party member Meenakshi Patil) had to face and we have already apologised for that.” Patil was pushed as she tried to intervene between the MNS members and Azmi.

Inquiry against Azmi

Pro-tem Speaker Ganpatrao Deshmukh on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into Azmi’s behaviour inside the assembly and alleged remarks against the Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

The move came after the Sena legislators created ruckus and forced the House to be adjourned three times, demanding Azmi’s arrest.

Principal secretary of the legislature will conduct the probe.

The MNS members alleged that Azmi had provoked them on Monday.

Sena leaders were upset with Azmi for his alleged statements on Tuesday, describing Thackeray as “old and childlike”. Soon after he spoke to mediapersons at the Vidhan Bhavan, the Sena legislators warned him of dire consequences.

Deshmukh also agreed to a probe into Azmi’s conduct before he was assaulted.