Mumbai: In a snub to Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan, opposition in both Houses of Maharashtra Legislative
today decided to boycott the customary tea party hosted by him
on the eve of the monsoon session beginning tomorrow, saying
they prefer to confront the government over credible issues.
Addressing a press conference, Leader of Opposition in
the Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse said, "The ruling
coalition partners in the government are busy fighting with
each other on petty issues and levelling charges against each
The opposition leader was referring to Congress spokesman
Hussain Dalwai`s allegation that the NCP had instigated
communal violence in Sangli-Miraj last year.
He said the government has failed on all counts including
the case of banning American author James Laine`s
controversial book on Shivaji and an education scheme, due to
which the admissions to junior colleges have been delayed.
Khadse said, "The opposition will tackle the government
on the floor aggressively and do not feel the need to meet
them for a tea party and hence we have decided to boycott it."
The two-week monsoon session is not adequate to highlight
issues concerning common man, he said, adding, "We will have
only around six working days during the two weeks period.
During the business advisory committee meeting scheduled this
Thursday we will demand that this session should have at least
15 working days."