Maharashtra Legislative Assembly revokes suspension of 9 Opposition MLAs

19 MLAs had been suspended earlier.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Girish Bapat made a statement in the state assembly on Saturday afternoon and proposed to revoke suspension of 9 MLAs.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today revoked the ban on 9 opposition MLAs out of 19, who were suspended last week for disrupting Assembly proceedings, creating ruckus on the floor of the house and burning budget copies outside the premises.

Sources in the Congress and NCP said some of the MLAs might come back to the House, after which the CM will move to take back the suspension. Out of these, the suspension of five NCP members and four Congress members was revoked. Bapat said the members were suspended till December 2017 for "indiscipline and lowering the dignity of the House".

The nine MLAs who will be able to return to the House are Sangram Topte, Abdul Sattar, Amit Zanak, DP Sawant (Congress) and Nahari Jirwal, Deepak Chavan, Dattatrey Bharne, Avdhut Tatkare, Vaibhav Pichad (NCP). We also do not like that the entire opposition is out of the Assembly.

The opposition MLAs and leaders are now on a week-long "Sangharsh Yatra" to highlight the government "apathy" to the plight of farmers.

Ever since the budget session began last month, the Opposition were on protest mode demanding that the government immediately declare a loan waiver for the distressed farmers in the state.

They had sung devotional songs, played cymbals and raised slogans. "We are positive about withdrawing the suspension, and will take a decision on Saturday", Fadnavis had said. The Opposition has boycotted the proceedings protesting against the suspension and in support of the farm loan waiver. "The government was of the view that it would not be right to keep away the members from attending the proceedings of the House", he added.

Bapat read out the names of nine MLAs whose suspensions were revoked.

  • Joanne Flowers