Maharashtra Assembly suspends 19 Congress, NCP legislators


mantralayaIn a surprising move, 19 Congress and NCP legislators on March 22 were suspended by the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for disgusting behaviour in and outside the House, while the State Budget was being presented on March 18.

The Opposition tried its best to raise objections and demanded that all opposition members be suspended as all of them took part in the protest. Realising the objection wouldn’t be heard, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said that they would keep away from the House till the suspension was revoked.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that such behaviour by the legislators was unacceptable and against the decorum of the House.

The suspended MLAs were charged with disrupting the Assembly proceedings by raising slogans, singing bhajans and burning copies of the Budget.

This apart, the suspended members cannot enter the Assembly premises till the time the period of suspension ends (December 31).

Earlier, after the House met on March 22, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat moved a motion to suspend the MLAs, including senior NCP leaders Bhaskar Jadhav and Jitendra Awahad and senior Congress leader Vijay Vadettiwar, till December 31.