Mumbai: Thirteen Shiv Sena and one BJP
legislator were suspended for a year today after they stalled
the proceedings of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
protesting government`s failure to nab culprits who stole the
golden idol of Lord Ganesh from a temple in Diveagar in Raigad
Parliamentary Affairs minister Harshvardhan Patil moved
the resolution for suspension of the members after two
adjournments which was passed by a voice vote.
The Sena members who have been suspended are-Pratap
Sarnaik, Mahadev Babar, Vijay Shivtare, Eknath Shinde, Vinod
Ghosalkar, Rajan Vichare, Dyanraj Chougule, Sanjay Gavande,
Sujit Minchekar, Abhijit Adsul, Balaji Kinikar, Chandrakant
Mokate and Daulat Daroda. The lone suspended BJP MLA was Ram
Patil said the members had breached the privilege of the
House by their action of disregarding the Chair and bringing
idol of a deity on the floor of the House.
The House was later adjourned for the day. Earlier, at
the fag end of the Question Hour, Sena members came into the
house carrying a silver plated idol of the elephant headed
god shouting "Ganpati Bappa Morya Ganpati gele chori la...laaj
nahi sarkarla"(Ganpati has been stolen and the government is
not ashamed). They also played the cymbals.
After the Question Hour, when MLA Pratap Sarnaik stood
up, Speaker Dilip Walse Patil asked him to remove the topi and
saffron robes worn by him before speaking in the House.
The member started singing the Ganesh `arti` and was
joined by rest of the Sena legislators following which Patil
adjourned the House for 30 minutes.
Later, when the House re-assembled, Deputy Speaker Vasant
Purke admonished Sena members for bringing the idol into the
House and asked the legislators who had gathered into the Well
to take their seats.
Objecting to the behaviour of the Sena MLAs, NCP member
Shashikant Shinde criticised them for bringing the idol of the
state`s most revered deity into the House in such a manner.
He slammed the Sena members for politicising the issue.
"They have not only insulted the lord but also the august
house. I demand an inquiry into whether the idol has really
been stolen or has been found and hidden by anybody," he said.
Purke then adjourned the House for an hour. The Assembly
was scheduled to debate the disproportionate assets case of
Congress leader Kripashankar Singh, court strictures against
former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Subhash Ghai`s
Whistling Woods case and the Adarsh scam later in the day.