Mumbai: The main opposition parties, Shiv
Sena and BJP, boycotted proceedings of both Houses of the
Maharashtra legislature Friday, to protest yesterday`s
suspension of nine MLAs for disrupting the presentation of
Government said it would not revoke the suspension, but
was open to a dialogue with the opposition.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshvardhan Patil said
government would talk to the opposition to end the boycott,
but reversing the suspension was out of question.
"Their conduct in the House during the presentation of
budget (on March 23) was not in accordance with the highest
standards of the house," he said.
Industries Minister Narayan Rane described the disruption
of budget presentation as a deliberate ploy by the opposition.
"Even before the finance minister began his speech, banners
and posters were ready and they (Sena-BJP MLAs) trooped into
They also pasted cartoons of senior Congress leaders in
the House. This is not done," Rane said.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said budget
presentation was a very important event in parliamentary
"What happened that day was sad and most condemnable. The
issue of making opposition MLAs chairman of the committees
implementing the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana had been
discussed in the House and the government had assured that a
positive response would be given within a week," he said,
adding that disruption was deliberate.