Mumbai: BJP MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday
moved a breach of privilege notice against Maharashtra Chief
Secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad for issuing a GR asking bureaucrats
and government officials not to attend meetings convened by
the Opposition legislators and the Leader of Opposition.
Mungantiwar said such a move by the chief secretary
amounted to violating the rights of the elected
He was supported by the leader of opposition Eknath
Khadse, MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar, PWP member Ganpatrao
Deshmukh and Shiv Sena MLA Suresh Jain.
Khadse said the government order, issued recently, was
against the principles of parliamentary democracy.
Requesting the Speaker to immediately accept the notice
moved by the BJP MLA, Deshmukh said Gaikwad be asked what made
him to take such a decision.
Jain demanded strict action against the chief secretary.
MNS member Shishir Shinde said Gaikwad, during his
tenure as the commissioner in Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Development Authority (MMRDA), had facilitated construction of
sky-walks worth Rs 700 crore and the common man of Mumbai was
made to bear the brunt of this unnecessary expenditure.
Speaker Dilip Walse Patil reserved his decision on the
notice saying he needed time to understand why such GR was
issued in the first place.