Khadse, Pawar clash in Maha Assembly
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Monday witnessed a brief verbal duel between deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and the Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse over "level of pitch" on the floor of the House.
Mumbai: Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Monday witnessed a brief verbal duel between deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and the Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse over "level of pitch" on the floor of the House.
Pawar was replying to an issue of shutdown of a power
sub-station in Nashik district for the last seven months due
to shortage of manpower during the question hour.
Pawar, who also holds power portfolio, told the House
that the contract to set up a 220 KV power sub-station was
given to M/S ECI Shanghai in August 2009 and the actual work
costing Rs 2200 crore began in March 2010.
Admitting delay in completion of work, Pawar said the
financial condition of the company was not good. He also said
that a notice will be served on the company to complete work
by December 31, 2012.
To which, Khadse asked why no action had been taken
against the firm for delaying work for seven months.
"Has penalty been imposed on the company," the senior
BJP leader asked wondering why the contract with the company
has not been scrapped.
Pawar objected to the tone and tenor of Khadse and
asked what was his objective in "speaking loudly".
The response rattled the Opposition members who rose
to their feet asking Pawar to take back his words.
Khadse said the government should not try to suppress
"My voice is loud and it has been so even before you
came into this house," he said looking in Pawar`s direction.
Replying to Khadse, the deputy chief minister said, "We (ruling members) can speak louder and people of this state
have heard only our voice".