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Oppn moves no-faith motion against M'rashtra Govt

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 19:28 IST

Stormy scenes, an opposition walk-out and finally a no-confidence motion sum up the day's proceedings in the Maharashtra assembly on Wednesday.

The opposition parties - the Shiv Sena, the BJP and the Swatantra Bharat Party - jointly moved a 'no-confidence motion' against the Vilasrao Deshmukh government and Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar.

The trouble sparked off when Kupekar refused to allow an adjournment motion under the House rule of 97 to discuss the ongoing farmers' suicide in the region. Instead, he allowed an urgent discussion on it under the House rule of 101.

The ruling of the Speaker created flutter among the opposition members, who shouted slogans against the government and tried to justify their demand to discuss it under the House rule of 97.

BJP leader in the House Gopinath Munde, who was not present in the House on Tuesday when the motion was first initiated by the leader of the Opposition Ramdas Kadam, pointed out that thousands of farmers who were trapped in debt have taken their own lives in the region.

"Moreover, farmers are still ending their lives when the Assembly session is on. Two economic packages of the State and Union government have miserably failed to prevent suicides," he pointed out and justified the adjournment motion.

However, the Speaker did not relent and rejected the proposal. The opposition members started shouting slogans against the government and stalled the proceedings of the House for a few minutes. The opposition also staged a stormy walk-out.

Later, the opposition members, led by Kadam of Sena and Munde, jointly submitted a no-faith motion letter before the principal secretary of the Assembly.

"The state government is not serious about the on-going farmers' suicide in the state and it miserably failed to prevent the tragic deaths of distressed farmers.

Hence, we want the dismissal of the present government under section of 179 of the Indian Constitution and House rule of 11," the two-line letter said.

Similarly, in another letter sent to the principal secretary of the Assembly, the opposition members moved a no-confidence motion against Speaker Kupekar, under the House Rule of 95. "We have compelled to move a no-faith motion against the Speaker due to his rigid posture to conduct the House proceedings," Munde said.

As many as 29 members of opposition benches have signed the letter, including Kadam, Gajanan Kirtikar, Dattaji Nalawade (all Sena), Munde, Shobhatai Phandnavis, Eknath Khadse (all BJP) and Wamanrao Chatap (SBP).

Meanwhile, nine more farmers have committed suicide in the region in the last 48 hours. With the deaths of these farmers, the toll has reached to 1188 since June 2005. As many as 36 farmers ended their lives this month alone while the figure was 107 last month.

Email Pradip Kumar Maitra: pradipmaitra @hindustantimes.com