The issue of Gopinath Munde's resignation from the party post had its echo in both the houses of state legislature on Monday as members sought clarification from the Speaker and Chairman of the Upper House.
The issue was raised in the assembly by NCP member Nawab Malik through a point of order saying that he read news reports quoting Munde that he was not allowed to speak in the assembly.
This casts aspersion on the Speaker, Malik said and thus a clarification is necessary, he added.
A long debate followed on the issue and the House had to be adjourned twice as the Speaker said he wanted to get details from the group leaders.
When the House reassembled, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh intervened and said Munde must be allowed to clarify his stand on the matter.
"We all are inquisitive and concerned to know the matter from Munde himself. I am concerned about the matter as we both hail from Marathwada region. Besides, Munde is an important OBC leader," he said.
Munde, who came to the House, thanked the Chief Minister for expressing concern for him but clarified that his resignation issue was not related to the House at all and that it was purely a party matter.
"My issue is not related to the House at all. It is purely a party matter and so I don't want to speak on it now. I will speak at the proper time" he added.
The same issue was raised by Gurunath Kulkarni (NCP) in the Council through an adjournment motion but the Chairman did not allowed.