Oppn to meet Prez, seek dismissal of Maha govt
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Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 20:25
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.


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 20:25

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