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Uproar in Maha assembly over BJP councillor’s attack on Cong MLA

Fadnavis told the assembly that Sharma has been expelled from the BJP and that the police have formed six squads to arrest the absconder

mumbai Updated: Apr 12, 2016 00:37 IST
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Congress MLA Gopaldas Agrawal was assaulted by BJP councillor Shiv Sharma in Gondia on Saturday.
Congress MLA Gopaldas Agrawal was assaulted by BJP councillor Shiv Sharma in Gondia on Saturday.(HT photo)

There was uproar in both houses of the state legislature on Monday over last week’s assault of Congress MLA Gopaldas Agrawal by BJP councillor Shiv Sharma in Gondia. While legislators in the council resumed work following a strong condemnation of the incident, those in the assembly created a ruckus that forced proceedings to be adjourned four times. Normalcy was only restored after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis assures strict action against Sharma.

Fadnavis told the assembly that Sharma has been expelled from the BJP and that the police have formed six squads to arrest the absconder. Ramraje Nimbalkar, chairman of the council, asked that laws be amended to prevent Sharma from contesting elections again.

The house also witnessed uproar over two separate incidents in Nashik, in which a police inspector assaulted the former chairman of the Satana municipal council and a former MLA in Nashik. Fadnavis announced that the officer had been suspension.  

Meanwhile, leader of the opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil criticised the government for the state’s deteriorating law and order. He said, “Both BJP party workers and the police can be seen taking the law into their hands. It is a clear case of poor law and order in the state. The government has not taken any action even though one can see a rise in hooliganism by BJP workers. Is this government protecting the goons?”

The incident happened on Saturday evening when Sharma attacked Agrawal, who was addressing a press conference in a hotel in Gondia.

Sharma and his accomplices hit Agarwal and his son, and, subsequently, tore their clothes before leaving the spot.

Agrawal, chairman of public accounts committee (PAC), sustained injuries on his nose, eyes and cheeks.