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Maharashtra Budget Session: Speaker Nana Patole rejects BJP's demand for resolution on Savarkar

On the third day of the Maharashtra budget session, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded a resolution to honour Savarkar for his contribution to the Independence struggle.

Maharashtra Budget Session: Speaker Nana Patole rejects BJP's demand for resolution on Savarkar
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Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Nana Patole on Wednesday rejected the demand for a resolution honouring Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar alias ‘Veer Savarkar’.

On the third day of the Maharashtra budget session, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded a resolution to honour Savarkar for his contribution to the Independence struggle.

However, the demand for the resolution was rejected by the assembly speaker which triggered protest from the opposition party. The BJP had planned to demand a resolution honour Savarkar on the occasion of his death anniversary.

While speaking in the assembly, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra legislative assembly and former Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis also demanded a ban on “Shidori” - an in-house magazine of Maharashtra Congress – for publishing “objectionable” remarks against Savarkar. 

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Reacting to this, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar informed that Fadnavis had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 20, 2018 and January 17, 2019 urging the centre to honour Savarkar with Bharat Ratna.

The BJP is in power in the centre and was in power in Maharashtra for five years. Savarkar's death anniversary comes every year like today, Ajit Pawar added.

“Why was it delayed?” Pawar asked.

However, after the demand for the resolution was rejected, some BJP MLAs entered the Well of the House while holding placards and photographs of Savarkar. As this happened, the speaker quickly rushed through the business and adjourned the house.

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