Proceedings in the Maharashtra
Legislative Council continued to be disrupted Monday by the
Opposition over demands for drought relief measures in the
state and reservations for the Maratha community.
Council chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar directed the
government to call a meet of leaders from all parties Tuesday
morning to come up with a mutually acceptable solution to
clear the logjam.
Responding to the Opposition, Leader of the House
Chandrakant Patil said the government had almost finished
taking action on eight drought relief measures and pending
ones would also be completed immediately.
He said the government had already sent a proposal to
the Centre seeking assistance, adding that relief measures
were being taken notwithstanding the Union government's
Speaking on the quota issue, Patil, the state's
Revenue minister, said the government had requested Maratha
protesters to not go ahead with their protest Monday, keeping
in mind the importance of the 26/11 terror attack anniversary.
However, they (protesters) did not heed the request,
"We will be tabling the Maratha reservation bill in
the House this week. Hence we have told them there is no need
for an agitation. Since we are tabling the bill, there is no
compulsion to table an Action Taken Report (ATR) as well,"
"Also, I request you (Chairman) to advise the
Opposition that questions can be solved only when the House
functions and not by disruptions," Patil said.
Earlier, the Leader of Opposition in the Council,
Dhananjay Munde, demanded that the government provide a
compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare for crop losses and Rs 1
lakh a hectare for orchards.
"Discussions on this issue can happen later. However,
immediate relief measures are needed now. We will not let the
House function till this happens," he said.
He further said that, on one hand, Chief Minister
Devendra Fadnavis was asking the Maratha community to be ready
for a celebration on December 1, and on the other, police were
Munde said the State Backward Class Commission report
was submitted a fortnight ago and leaked to the media.
However, the NCP leader added, it had not been tabled
yet and, therefore, the Opposition did not even know its
He added that the report of the Tata Institute of
Social Sciences on reservation for the Dhangar community was
submitted to the government over two months ago and its
contents were neither leaked to the media nor was it tabled.
"So has TISS opined Dhangars are backward or not?" he
The House was adjourned twice following din by the
Opposition, before being adjourned for the day.
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