Mumbai: The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
was adjourned twice on Wednesday after Opposition objected to the
state government`s statement that Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan would respond to allegations against him in the CVC
issue at an "appropriate time".
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshvardhan Patil told
the Lower House that a meeting of group leaders, Chief
Minister Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Speaker
Dilip Walse Patil was held in the chambers of Legislative
Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh on the issue pertaining
to the appointment of PJ Thomas as the Chief Vigilance
"The Chief Minister would respond to the charges against
him at an appropriate time," Patil said.
Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse objected to the
statement saying that the government should spell out clearly
as to when Chavan would make a statement on the matter.
As Opposition members were on their feet demanding a
statement from the Chief Minister on the alleged irregularity
in appointing Thomas as CVC, Congress members also gathered in
the aisle to counter the opposition attack.
Samajwadi party MLA Abu Asim Azmi entered the well with a
cloth banner on nine youths from Malegaon not being granted
bail in the 2006 blast case.
Walse-Patil said it was not possible for him to conduct
the proceedings and adjourned the House for 30 minutes.
Later Deputy Speaker Vasant Purke adjourned the House for
an hour when the Opposition continued to persist with their
demand for a statement from the CM while Congress members were
also in the aisle.
Earlier, when the House assembled for the day, Question
Hour passed off peacefully with Purke in the chair.
When BJP members objected, he said group leaders along
with Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister are in a meeting
on the CVC issue.