Maharashtra Interim Budget Session: First day ends in chaos amid opposition protest

Opposition protested outside the Maharashtra legislature on several issues and boycotted the joint address by Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao


With Opposition leaders and parties protesting against Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s remarks favouring Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday, the first day of the interim budget session of Maharashtra Legislature ended on a chaotic note. 

Opposition spurned the joint address - in both the houses - by Maharashtra Governor protesting against his remarks. Earlier, Governor Vidyasagar Rao called RSS a “secular and inclusive organisation” which respects the right of individuals to practice their faith. 

Maharashtra Legislative Council Opposition leader Dhananjay Munde said that the opposition decided to boycott Governor’s address because they were doubtful if the speaker will be Governor or an RSS person. 

The opposition also protested against the Hindu Mahasabha’s action to disrespect Mahatma Gandhi by shooting Gandhi’s effigy. The opposition said that Nathuram Godse was inspired by RSS’ ideology. 

While talking to the media, Congress MLA Naseem Khan touched upon the issue of Dhangar and Muslim community reservation. Khan said that Maharashtra government wants to implement reservation for Dhangar community in a hurry ahead of the upcoming polls.

When asked about the resentment of RPI chief Ramdas Athawale with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar informed Mumbai Live that BJP understands Athawale’s disappointment and it will resolve the tension soon. 

After BJP and Shiv Sena announced their alliance in Maharashtra ahead of the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly polls, RPI chief Ramdas Athawale opened up about his dissatisfaction and said that his party has been ignored. 

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