Mumbai: Opposition parties in Maharashtra
on Friday said that they would soon meet President Pratibha Patil
to demand dismissal of the state government over police firing
in Pune district in which three farmers were killed.
They said that they would continue to fight their battle
against the state government on the issue of police firing
even as the three-week long monsoon session of the state
legislature came to an end today.
Leader of opposition Eknath Khadse said various parties
would unitedly fight the government on the issue and call on
the President soon to seek the dismissal of the government.
Incidentally, Khadse along with opposition leader in
Council Pandurang Phundkar and group leaders of other
opposition parties in the Legislature met the state Governor K
Sankaranarayanan this morning to demand dismissal of the
Congress-NCP government over police firing.
"There are several loopholes in what home minister R R
Patil said about firing started from a private car. Where did
the car vanish...home minister says the car fled after firing
the first shot. But Patil himself had said that the Expressway
was blocked and the traffic was six km long from both sides.
How did the car move and what were the police doing," Shiv
Sena leader Subhash Desai asked.
Khadse also asked whether SP Sandeep Karnik had taken
permission before ordering firing. "If yes, we want to know
who gave the permission. Even though we are not levelling
accusation, the needle of suspicion is on Ajit Pawar. It is a
well known fact that nothing happens in Pune without his
knowledge," he said.
Three persons were killed and several injured in police
firing in Maval near Pune on Tuesday following protests over a
pipeline project to supply water to Pimpri-Chinchwad town.
Meanwhile, Khadse opposed the Private Universities bill
passed in the legislature saying that there was no provision
for reservations for backward classes. We can bring amendment
in the next session through a non official bill or urge
governor to intervene, he said.