Maharashtra legislative Assembly revokes suspension of 5 NCP, 4 Congress MLAs
The opposition legislators were suspended on March 22 for disrupting the proceedings and burning budget book. Demanding loan waiver for farmers, legislators from opposition parties had created ruckus inside the Assembly when the state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar was presenting the annual budget.mumbai Updated: Apr 02, 2017 00:08 IST
The Maharashtra legislative Assembly on Saturday revoked suspension of nine legislators out of the 19 legislators who had been suspended for nine months for unruly behaviour during budget presentation in the house.
The resolution for revoking suspension was passed by the ruling members — BJP and Shiv Sena — even as the Opposition was absent in the lower house. The Opposition has boycotted the proceedings protesting against the suspension and in support of the farm loan waiver. Currently, all Opposition legislators are busy with the ‘Sangharsh Yatra’ (struggle march) that is being held to demand waiving off loans for distressed farmers.
The nine legislators who were reprieved are Abdul Sattar, DP Sawant, Sangram Thopte, Amit Jhanak from Congress and Vaibhav Pichad, Dattatraya Bharne Avdhoot Tatkare, Deepak Chavan and Narhari Jhirwad from NCP.
The opposition legislators were suspended on March 22 for disrupting the proceedings and burning budget book. Demanding loan waiver for farmers, legislators from opposition parties had created ruckus inside the Assembly when the state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar was presenting the annual budget. They had also burned copies of the budget outside the legislature. Taking cognisance of their unruly behaviour, the government moved a motion to suspend 19 MLAs for nine months.
Following this, Opposition leaders boycotted Assembly proceedings.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday hinted that the government may revoke the suspension of the MLAs.
Speaking in the legislative council, Fadnavis had said the government was ‘positive’ about revoking the suspension. “It is difficult to carry out work in the house if there is no opposition. We are positive about withdrawing the suspension, and will take a decision on Saturday,” Fadnavis had said.
The opposition parties, however, have declared that they would not attend proceedings of the Assembly until suspension of all the MLAs is not revoked.
NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar questioned the logic of revoking suspension of just nine legislators. He also said that the Opposition was not on the roads protesting about suspension but about government’s complete apathy in granting loan waiver to farmers.