M’rashtra Assembly revokes suspension of 9 Oppn MLAs

RSTV Bureau
Maharashtra Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagade

File photo of Maharashtra Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagade

Maharashtra Assembly has revoked the suspension of nine of the 19 Opposition members who were barred from attending the proceedings of the House for the rest of the year. The MLAs were suspended for creating ruckus during the presentation of the budget last month.

Sources say, the BJP-led government is expected to take a decision on revocation of suspension of the remaining 10 legislators soon.

The House adopted the motion for revocation of the suspension of the nine members, brought by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat, by voice vote.

“Due to the suspension they (the MLAs) would not be able to attend the rest of the budget session as well as the coming monsoon and the winter sessions. The government is of the view that it is not right to keep away the members from attending the proceedings of the House,” Bapat said.

Of those suspended, 10 MLAs belonged to NCP and nine belonged to the Congress.

The nine MLAs who will now be able to return to the House are Sangram Topte, Abdul Sattar, Amit Zanak, DP Sawant from the Congress and Nahari Jirwal, Deepak Chavan, Dattatrey Bharne, Avdhut Tatkare, Vaibhav Pichad from NCP.

Ever since the budget session began last month, the Opposition has been creating ruckus to demand that the government immediately declare a loan waiver for the distressed farmers in the state.

Opposition members disrupted the proceedings in the House during the presentation of the budget on March 18. They displayed banners before Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar while he was reading out the budget speech.

They also sang bhajans, played cymbals, raised slogans and later burnt copies of the budget outside the House.

Many of the Opposition MLAs and leaders are now on a ‘Sangharsh Yatra’ around the state against the government’s ‘apathy’ towards the plight of the farmers, hit by drought and falling prices of their produce.

(With inputs from PTI)