Maha Speaker apologises over poor attendance
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 20:07
Mumbai: Maharashtra Speaker Dilip Walse Patil on Tuesday apologised on behalf of the House after opposition raised objection over slender attendance of the members on the treasury benches when the Appropriation Bill was being passed.

Even though the bill was passed by a voice vote, BJP member Sudhir Mungantiwar and the Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse demanded a poll saying that the numerical strength of the opposition members was more than that of the treasury benches.

"The poor presence at the treasury benches shows that the government does not give any importance to the financial bills," both Khadse and Mungantiwar said criticising the government for poor floor management.

The speaker also said that absence of members on the treasury benches was a "serious matter".

Along with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, very few ministers were present in the house at that time when the bill was being passed.

Walse Patil said the bill has already been approved. The Opposition members said the government can atleast apologise to the house.

To which, Walse Patil said, "I myself apologise on behalf of the House".


First Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 20:07

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