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Minister, legislators trade abuses

mumbai Updated: Mar 21, 2012 01:52 IST
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A senior minister and a few Shiv Sena legislators exchanged abuses in the legislative assembly on Tuesday. The spat took place after a member of the Opposition hurled an 'unparliamentary term' at the minister.

The incident took place when the house was stalled by the Opposition over the government's response to an incident where patients at a Latur government hospital lost eyesight allegedly because of poor medical care.

Medical education minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit was under fire from the Opposition and even the Speaker over his refusal to give monetary help to the five patients who lost their eyesight. The question came up on Monday but the Speaker kept it pending for want of a proper reply from Gavit. The Opposition wasn't happy as the minister refused to budge from his stand.

During the commotion, a member of the opposition hurled an unparliamentary term at Gavit, who responded with an even stronger invective. Angered, Shiv Sena's Vinod Ghosalkar and Ravindra Waikar charged at the minister, but were stopped by other legislators before they could cause any damage.

After the incident, the house saw yet another adjournment. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan finally agreed to compensate the patients from his relief fund. The patients who have suffered total blindness would get Rs1 lakh, while those partially blinded would get Rs50,000.

Two MLAs get temporary suspension

Jainuddin Zaveri, MLA from Wardha and NCP legislator Ram Pandagle were given temporary suspensions on Tuesday for using ‘objectionable language’ in an verbal fight the two got into during the discussion on mill workers in the legislative council. Legislative council council Shivajirao Deshmukh said, “Zaveri is suspended till March 22. Pandagale is being suspended till the end of the budget session,” Patil announced. htc