Maharashtra’s BJP-government stuck on Maratha-Dhangar issue Congress-NCP demand to submit reservation report in assembly

Mumbai : Staff Reporter

The proceedings of first day of second week of winter session in both the houses were stalled by the opposition members over the issue of reservation for Maratha and Dhangar communities. As the opposition continued to make uproar, the proceedings of State Legislative Assembly were adjourned as many as four times before being adjourned for the day. The State Legislative Council was also adjourned on the same issue due to noisy scenes.

As the regular proceedings started, the opposition members demanded aggressively that the TISS report on Dhangar reservation and Backward Class Commission report on Maratha reservation should be tabled in the house. leader of opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and former deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar along with others sat in the well raising slogans and protesting against the government. As the opposition uproar continued in the afternoon, the assembly chairman adjourned the house for the day.

NCP MLA Jayant Patil said, “Why is the State Government is dragging its feet to table the report on reservation issue? In case of Maratha reservation, the report is not being tabled for the fear of someone going to the court. It means that there are loopholes in the report”

During the opposition’s protest, the ruling benches passed the supplementary demands worth Rs 6,000 crore. Objecting to this, the opposition members demanded that the State Government should file the report first in the house and then hold a discussion on supplementary demands.

Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil said that the Chief Minister has already made his stand clear on the reservation issue. But the opposition members stayed firm on their demand for tabling of report in the house.

As their sloganeering continued, assembly chairman Haribhau Bagde adjourned the assembly for four times. Amidst the pandemonium, five bills were also passed. But the house was finally adjourned for the day by acting chairman Subhash Sabne.

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