The Shiv Sena walked out of the legislative Council on Friday because their party was not given the privilege of occupying the post of the Leader of Opposition in the House.
Council Chairman, Shivajirao Deshmukh, announced that Member of Legislative Council (MLC) and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Pandurang Phundkar, will continue to be the Opposition leader.
Sena leader in the council, Diwakar Raote, called the process “undemocratic”.
“We have nine seats in the council while our ally, the BJP, has only eight. We have more numbers, so we should occupy the post,” Raote said.
Deshmukh, however, maintained that his decision was firm and final.
He read out the reply to Raote’s request sent by the Principal Secretary of the Legislature, Anant Kalse, which said that Phundkar has the support of independent MLCs and comes from a national party and that the decision has been taken according to the tradition of the House.
Dissatisfied with the answer Raote, along with other members of the Sena, walked out of the House and abstained from proceedings until the session ended on Friday.