Shiv Sena, BJP want Yakub Memon's 'sympathisers' to be charged with treason
Controversy over execution of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon found its echo in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Wednesday with the Sena-BJP demanding that Congress MLAs who have sent a letter to the President seeking commutation of his death sentence to life, be booked for treason.
Mumbai: Controversy over execution of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon found its echo in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Wednesday with the Sena-BJP demanding that Congress MLAs who have sent a letter to the President seeking commutation of his death sentence to life, be booked for treason.
The Lower House saw six adjournments amid sloganeering and uproarious scenes by Sena-BJP and Opposition Congress-NCP legislators.
As soon as the House assembled for the day and the Speaker Haribhau Bagde called for the Question Hour, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil demanded discussion on allegations of corruption against BJP ministers and also debate on Marathwada development.
The Speaker asked the Opposition to allow Question Hour to be taken up after which decision on the issues raised by them be decided.
Congress-NCP members aggressively pressed for their demand and came into the well shouting slogans.
Gulabrao Patil (Sena) said seven Congress MLAs who signed a letter to the President opposing death sentence to Yakub should be tried for treason.
"They are anti-nationals as they have questioned the verdict of the Supreme Court," he said.
Sena-BJP members raised slogans demanding "dalals" (agents) of Yakub Memon be punished.
Sena members also brought actor Salman Khan's photo with a noose after his alleged controversial tweets on Yakub.
Vikhe Patil said there was no point in raising subjudice matters in the House and the Congress has never questioned the decision of the Supreme court.
Amid slogan shouting, Aslam Sheikh (Congress) tried to clarify on the letter to the President but was shouted down by the agitated Sena-BJP members.
The Chair also rushed through day's agenda of laying of papers, adopting resolution not to accept Supreme Court notice regarding breach of privilege to writer Shobha De.
Similarly, the House passed Co-operative Institutions Amendment bill, Municipal Corporation Amendment bill, Official Language Amendment bill, Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Amendment bill and another bill to postpone elections to management council and senate in universities.
Prashant Bamb (BJP) initiated the debate on Marathwada development and irrigation and Yogesh Sagar, who was in the Chair adjourned the House for the day.