Mumbai (The Hindu): The uproar by opposition, aided by Shiv Sena, over separate statehood for Vidarbha rocked both the houses on Monday, despite Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis clarifying that the government has no such proposal in the reckoning. Claiming that the government has lost its majority, the opposition demanded resignation of the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues. Finally, the houses had to be adjourned till Tuesday.
BJP MP Nana Patole from Vidarbha’s Gondia had raised the separate statehood in the Lok Sabha on Friday. A day later, the BJP’s State unit president and MP Raosaheb Danve too spoke in favour of Maharashtra’s division, which irked the opposition and the Sena.
In his statement, Mr. Fadnavis alleged that the opposition is playing politics over the issue. “The subject is a prerogative of Parliament and the Centre. The State has not moved any such proposal. The opposition is using the issue to create a rift between the BJP and the Sena. The Assembly cannot discuss what happened in the Lok Sabha.”
Earlier, the Sena MLAs staged a protest in favour of ‘united Maharashtra’ outside the legislative building. Party legislator Prakash Abitkar raised the issue demanding the CM’s intervention. Mr. Fadnavis said the government’s reply will be put on floor before the end of the day’s work.
Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil challenged pro-Vidarbha MLAs to resign and get re-elected on the issue. He asked the government to move a resolution in support of united Maharashtra and initiate a discussion.
The NCP’s Dilip Walse-Patil demanded resignation of the government, claiming that it has lost its numbers as the Sena, too, opposes the BJP. During the sloganeering, Sena MLA Rajesh Kshirsagar tried to lift the mace in front of the Speaker.
In the Council, opposition leaders along with Sena MLCs stalled the proceedings. “The BJP is attempting to break the State into pieces. We had sought a discussion on the issue, but the government avoided it. We will be aggressive until we get a reply from the government,” said LoP Dhananjay Munde.
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