The Opposition on Monday disrupted the proceedings of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly demanding that the State government immediately table the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report which allegedly points fingers at State ministers for corruption in land allotments.
Even as the Speaker adjourned the House twice — once for 30 minutes and then for 10 minutes, the Opposition continued slogan-shouting against the government.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar assured the Opposition that the report would be tabled on Tuesday.
“I admit that we had told the House that the report will be tabled on April 16. We tried our best. But after the Cabinet's approval, the report was sent to the Governor for his signature. Unfortunately, he had gone out of station. As soon as he signs it, we will put it before the House. We have no reason to delay it,” he said.
Revocation of suspension sought
The Opposition also demanded the revocation of the suspension of 14 MLAs. They were suspended a few days ago for a year after they brought an idol of Lord Ganesh into the House and sang aarti for it.
Mr. Pawar relented for a discussion on the issue but maintained that the decision had already been taken.
“The MLAs were suspended only after the Assembly's approval. There is no need to stall the working of the House if you want a discussion on the issue. We are willing to have a discussion, but the decision has already been taken.”
Soon after the session began in the morning, the Opposition leaders stalled proceedings.
They shouted slogans against the government and gathered in the well of the House.
“Both the Chief Minister and the Home Minister are in New Delhi for a meeting. They will come tomorrow [Tuesday] and the report will then be placed before the House,” Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said.
Leader of the Opposition Eknath Khadse demanded that the government table the CAG report within the first week of the session. “The government has always preferred to table it towards the end of the session. If they table it in the beginning, we will get time to study it, raise issues,” he said, requesting the Speaker to direct the government to do so.
“No CD with report”
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Public Works Department Minister Chhagan Bhujbal told the House that the CAG had not submitted any CD with the report. “The CAG report was leaked, a CD did the rounds. But the CAG had not given any CD to the government,” he said.