The trouble started when the NCP member Jitendra Avhad uttered an unparliamentary word against Chief Minister Fadnavis. The Ruling Party members vociferously protested and asked Avhad to apologise. In the din, the House was adjourned thrice. Avhad was suspended till Winter Session. Angered by the Government’s move, the entire Opposition decided to boycott the Winter Session unless Avhad’s suspension is revoked.
Nagpur: An unparliamentary word uttered by an NCP member against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis triggered furor from Treasury benches in Assembly and the Speaker was forced to adjourn the House not once but thrice on Day-5 of Winter Session. The NCP member Jitendra Avhad was later suspended till the Winter Session. Angered by the Government’s move, the entire Opposition decided to boycott the Winter Session unless Avhad’s suspension is revoked.
The trouble started when Congress MLA Vijay Vadettiwar raised the issue of law and order situation in State and demanded discussion under Rule 293. Other Opposition members also supported Vadettiwar. As the Chief Minister Fadnavis started speaking, the NCP member Jitendra Avhad uttered an unparliamentary word. As soon as the Ruling Party members heard the word, they started a vociferous protest and asked Avhad to apologise. The Treasury benches continued their protest unabated forcing Speaker Haribhau Bagde to adjourn the House for 10 minutes at 12.13 pm. When the House assembled at 12.23 pm, the Ruling Party members refused to relent and continued their uproar. The Speaker again adjourned the House for 15 minutes. At 12.38 pm, the Assembly was adjourned for the third time for 15 minutes amid din by Ruling Party members.
Earlier, while replying to the point raised by Jitendra Avhad, the Chief Minister Fadnavis said that those praising Nathuram Godse will not be spared. Supporters of Mahatma Gandhi’s killer will be dealt with a stern action. In the meanwhile, the Minister Bapat moved a resolution against Jitendra Avhad for utterance of the objectionable word. Subsequently, Jitendra Avhad was suspended from Assembly till the Winter Session.
Defending Avhad, NCP leader Ajit Pawar said that some of the utterances by some of the Ruling Party members were more damaging than the word used by Avhad. “The Minister Bapat was apprised of our stand but the Ruling Party with the strength of numbers has taken action against Avhad,” said Ajit Pawar.
Pawar further announced that the entire Opposition will boycott the Winter Session unless suspension of Jitendra Avhad is revoked.