Bedlam in Mah House; Oppn disrupts proceedings

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes over the police firing in Pune district with Opposition members stalling proceedings demanding immediate discussion on the matter.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2011, 14:30 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
witnessed uproarious scenes over the police firing in Pune
district on Wednesday with Opposition members stalling proceedings
demanding immediate discussion on the matter and adjournment
of the House for the day after the debate.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse moved a adjournment
notice soon after the House assembled for the day demanding
suspension of the Question Hour and taking up discussion on
the issue.

Opposition members shouted slogans against the government
calling it a "murderer" in wake of the firing which killed
three persons who were protesting against release of Pavana
dam water for drinking water to Pimpri-Chinchwad instead of
irrigation in the Maval taluka.

The House had to be adjourned first for 20 minutes, then
for half an hour and later for 15 minutes due to the ruckus.
Government agreed to a debate under the adjournment
motion. Opposition members demanded adjournment for the House
for the day after the debate. However, since the Chair did not
commit anything on this demand the slogan shouting continued.

After three adjournments, the debate finally began with
Khadse initiating it. He demanded judicial probe into the
incident and compensation of Rs five lakh for the dead and
50,000 for the injured along with free medical treatment. He
also accused police of damaging vehicles of protesters.

PTI