Nagpur: Five MLAs of the ruling Congress-NCP
alliance were on Monday suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly
for a day for creating a ruckus on the issue of allotting Indu
Mill land for constructing a memorial for Dalit icon B R
The suspended MLAs are Chandrakant Handore and Prashant
Thakur (both Congress), Nawab Malik, Jeetendra Awhad and
Shashikant Shinde, all from NCP.
Various political parties have been demanding that the
mill land in Central Mumbai be allotted for constructing a
memorial for Ambedkar.
This is the first time that the ruling alliance members
have vociferously raised the issue.
The MLAs were suspended after they shouted slogans and
waved banners, demanding that the Government hand over the
Indu mill land to them for building the memorial.
On December 6, the activists of the `Republican Sena`,
led by its leader Anandraj Ambedkar, stormed into the mill
premises and installed the busts of Ambekar and Gautam Buddha.
It was followed by another violent agitation outside the
mill premises last week where supporters of RPI leader Ramdas
Athavale staged a demonstration over the issue.