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Winter session: Ajit’s return to haunt govt

india Updated: Dec 09, 2012 02:03 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
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The ruling Congress and the NCP are all set to be at the receiving end in the winter session of the state legislature, beginning in Nagpur on Monday, over the induction of Ajit Pawar in the cabinet following alleged multi-crore irrigation scam.

Ajit quit the Cabinet on September 25 this year in the wake of charges of corruption and irregularities in irrigation projects in the state, and particularly in Vidarbha.

The issue aggravated more when senior Shiv Sena leader, Suvash Desai, initiated a no-confidence motion against the Democratic Front government in the Assembly which will be discussed and put to a vote in the House. While submitting the motion, the senior Sena leader pointed out that the government has no right to continue as it miserably failed in every front.

This is the first time after a gap of 18 years in the winter session of the state legislature in Nagpur that a no-confidence motion comes for a debate and consideration.

Such a motion came up in the winter session of the state legislature in Nagpur on the issue of stampede of the Gowari community on November 28, 1994, during the regime of Sharad Pawar.

Around 114 people from the Gowari community were killed and over 500 injured in Nagpur in a stampede when they took out a massive march towards the Assembly to include them in scheduled tribe community.

However, the motion was rejected because of insufficient strength of the opposition.

The Sena and the BJP are also gearing up to take on the DF government for inducting Ajit Pawar in the cabinet without any inquiry. “The white paper on the irrigation scam was totally eyewash and an attempt to bail out Pawar,” alleged senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis.

He said that his party and other associate members would voraciously oppose the induction of Pawar in the cabinet without any inquiry and insist for a high-level probe into the alleged irrigation scam.

Both the principal opposition parties have also decided to boycott the customary tea-party to be hosted by the chief minister on Sunday one day before the Assembly session. By doing so, the opposition has given a clear indication of what is in store.

The opposition leaders feel that there was no justification in including Pawar in the cabinet. “How can the government give a clean chit to Pawar without a proper inquiry on alleged irregularities and corruption in the irrigation department?” asked Fadnavis.

The party also decided that to corner the government on the on-going farmers’ suicide in the Vidarbha and delaying the ambitious project of MIHAN at Nagpur.

The Opposition has also planned to raise the issues of growing crime rate in the state, especially against women in Mumbai, and the confusion over the Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park.

Looking at the issues at hand with the opposition and their well-coordinated strategy, it seems the floor management of the Sena, BJP and other opposition members, including the MNS, will be difficult to break for the ruling coalition.

Meanwhile, 9190 star question in Assembly and 3248 questions in the council are likely to be figured during the two-week winter session. As many as 1,487 and 690 calling attention motions will be raised by the members of Assembly and council respectively.