Published On : Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

Will leaders, “tigers” in Nagpur, roar in Assembly, too, against draconian Spanco?

The BJP leaders, since past 15-odd days, had waged a war against Spanco (SNDL) for torturing and tormenting the power consumers by various ways and means. The bone of contention for the BJP leaders for waging a war against the Spanco was forcible installation of faulty power meters which were found racing with a horse with 40 per cent more power, power bills with exorbitant amounts like Rs 6000-8000 to poor consumers, and no solution to the complaints of aggrieved consumers.

Nagpur News: The much awaited time has come. The Monsoon Session of Maharashtra will begin from July 15. Of course, this is not the news. The most important news would be: Will the BJP leaders, who were “roaring like tigers” against Spanco for harassing the consumers, raise the issue in Assembly vociferously? Or prove “Toothless and Clawless Tigers” just demanding cancellation of agreement with Spanco?

The real breaking news concerns to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “Tigers” (Leaders) like State Unit President Devendra Fadnavis, MLAs Vikas Kumbhare, Krishna Khopde, and others. The leaders, since past 15-odd days had waged a war against Spanco (SNDL) for torturing and tormenting the power consumers by various ways and means. The bone of contention for the BJP leaders for waging a war against the Spanco was forcible installation of faulty power meters which were found racing with a horse with 40 per cent more power, power bills with exorbitant amounts like Rs 6000-8000 to poor consumers, and no solution to the complaints of aggrieved consumers.

The storming of Spanco HQ by the BJP MLA Vikas Kumbahre and the affected consumers, and subsequently, damaging Spanco property in lakhs, the “Dharna” protests by the party leaders including Devendra Fadnavis and other top leaders demanding cancellation of agreement with Spanco, it has to be seen, were just a “publicity stunt” or the real concern for the consumers.

The answers to all the above developments on the part of BJP leaders would be heard by the consumers with deep attention.

Twelve new Bills, including one on curbing black magic and human sacrifices, would be introduced in the Maharashtra Legislature during the monsoon session starting Monday, said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at the state guesthouse on Sunday.

The bill to curb black magic and human sacrifices is highly contentious, as a number of opposition and ruling members feel that some of the provisions of the bill could curb religious freedom. On two earlier occasions, the Bill was introduced in the legislature but was rejected due to the controversial provisions.

When asked about the date on which the Bill would be introduced in the legislature during the three-week session, Chavan remained non-committal. He merely said the Bill would be tabled at the appropriate time. All concerned religious groups including the Warkaris would be consulted on the Bill, he said.

The Warkaris are a powerful sect in Maharashtra with millions of followers among the rural masses. They are opposed to the Bill due to its controversial provisions.