Maharashtra govt may revoke suspension of 19 MLAs
On March 18, Opposition MLAs had interrupted Sudhir Mungantiwar’s presentation of the annual budget to demand farm loan waiversmumbai Updated: Apr 01, 2017 00:15 IST
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday hinted that the government may revoke the suspension of 19 MLAs from the Opposition, who were expelled till December 31 for creating a ruckus in the Assembly during the state finance minister’s speech.
On March 18, Opposition MLAs had interrupted Sudhir Mungantiwar’s presentation of the annual budget to demand farm loan waivers.
After the government presented a proposal seeking the suspension of these MLAs, 10 legislators of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and nine from the Congress were suspended on March 22.
Following this, Opposition leaders boycotted Assembly proceedings.
Speaking in the legislative council, Fadnavis said the government was ‘positive’ about revoking the suspension. “It is difficult to carry out work in the House if there is opposition. We are positive about withdrawing the suspension, and will take a decision on Saturday,” Fadnavis said.
To ensure the smooth functioning of the Assembly, senior NCP leader and MLC Sunil Tatkare, Congress leader Narayan Rane and Peasants and Workers Party of India (PWP) leader Jayant Patil asked the chief minister to revoke the suspension.
BJP’s ruling partner in the government, the Shiv Sena, was taken by surprise at the government’s decision to suspend the MLAs, and had also sought to revoke the decision.
Fadnavis said that earlier this week, a meeting to discuss this issue was held in the legislative council chairman’s chamber.
However, party members who were not present at the meeting raised some issues, which delayed the government’s decision.
The list of suspended MLAs include former ministers Vijay Wadettivar, Bhaskar Jadhav,Abdul Sattar and Jitendra Awhad as well as young legislators Amit Zanak, Amar Kale and Avdhoot Tatkare. Apart from chanting slogans demanding loan waivers, some members had raised banners inside the House, while some burnt copies of the budget outside Vidhan Bhavan.