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19 MLAs Suspended In Maharashtra, Opposition Called It "murder of democracy"

 2017-03-22 16:30:20.0

19 MLAs Suspended In Maharashtra, Opposition Called It murder of democracy

New Delhi: On Wednesday, in what looked like a drama to the eyes of those president in the premises of the House when Maharashtra Speaker Harbhau Bagade suspended 19 opposition legislators till December 31 , for creating ruckus over farm house loan in the house on Sunday.

The combined opposition cried foul over the move, terming it "an unconstitutional step and a murder of democracy" and later met Governor C.V Rao.

The house, which was reassembled after three days, adopted a resolution moved by Parliament Affairs Minister Girish Bapat, seeking suspension of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators who disrupted Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar's budget speech that day.

The resolution was adopted by both the Bharatiya Janata Party and ally Shiv Sena members voting ion favour after which the Speaker issuped the suspension orders.

On Saturday Mungantiwari presented the budget for the 2017-18 and chaos and unruly scenes as the combined opposition continued its demand for a complete waiver of farm loans.

The Speakers move was greeted with protests, a silent sit-in outside the legislature by opposition legislators wearing black bands.

They alleged that the government took the step to avoid a cut on motion which requires voting in the house.

Condenming the move, Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil accused the government of being insensitive to the framers' plight and attempting to muzzle the opposition by restoring to undemocratic measures.

Later, Vikhe-Patil lead an all party meeting opposition delegation to Governor Rao and submitted a memorandum demanding for directions of the government on the issue to revoke the suspension.

They also urged him tpo direct the government to issue directives for announcing writing off all farm debts to bring relief to the farmers who were committing suicide.

Among the legislatures suspended for nine-months include nine from Congress and 10 from NCP who are also barred from entering the legislature precincts at Nariman Point.

They included several highweights as well as former ministers from both parties including Bhaskert Jadhav, Vijay Vaddetiwar, Jitendra Awhad, D P Sawant, Abdul Satter and Avdhoot Tatkare.

They were among the opposition who raisd slogans in the hoiuse that day, carried banners, sang bhajans and later made bonefire of budget copies.


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