12 BJP MLAs Suspended from Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for One Year


Following a heated tussle on the first day of the two-day monsoon session, Assembly Speaker Bhaskar Jadhav suspended twelve BJP MLAs for one year. It includes Vijay Kumar Rawal, Parag Alavni, Ashish Shelar, Kirtikumar Bangdia, Girish Mahajan, Harish Pimpale Abhimanyu Pawar, Narayan Kuche, Atul Bhatkalkar, Yogesh Sagar, Ram Satpute and Sanjay Kute.


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The two-day monsoon session started with a stormy discussion when Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis of BJP criticized the MVA government for handling the suicide of an MPSC aspirant and alleged that the time allotted for discussions in the assembly is short. Also, he added that members of the house must be given complete freedom to talk about various issues and rights to seek answers to the questions raised. However, the Opposition MLAs appeared discontented with the State government's reply. They made ruckus by creating uproar and pulling the microphone from the Speaker in-chair, Bhaskar Jadhav.


As per Speaker Jhadhav, some of the Opposition leaders approached his cabin as soon as he adjourned the session and used unparliamentary language when Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil of BJP were present at the scene. But as per reports, the Opposition created a ruckus in the legislative assembly because the Speaker in-house didn't allow enough time to discuss the OBC reservation issue.


“This is a false allegation and an attempt to reduce the numbers of opposition benches, because we exposed the government’s falsehood on the OBC quota in local bodies”

Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra Assembly.


The motion to suspend the twelve BJP MLAs was moved by Anil Parab, Parliamentary affairs minister (State), shortly passed by a voice vote. It accused the MLAs of inappropriate and unparliamentary behavior during the adjourned session. It includes Vijay Kumar Rawal, Parag Alavni, Ashish Shelar, Kirtikumar Bangdia, Girish Mahajan, Harish Pimpale Abhimanyu Pawar, Narayan Kuche, Atul Bhatkalkar, Yogesh Sagar, Ram Satpute and Sanjay Kute for a year. These legislative members will be barred from entering the legislature premises in Mumbai and Nagpur for a year.


Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis commented that this was a deliberate measure taken by the State government to reduce the number of Opposition legislatures in the assembly. He blamed Shiv Sena MLAs for using abusive language during the session, claiming that Speaker in-House Jadhav is making a 'one-sided' allegation on the Opposition members — Although BJP member Ashish Shelar apologized to him on behalf of the all Opposition MLAs over the unrest that prevailed during the discussion.


Condemning the decision, the Opposition of the Legislative assembly led by Fadnavis has boycotted the upcoming house proceedings.

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