'Congress squandered winter session'

Published: 25 December, 2013 08:00 IST | A Correspondent |

BJP leader Girish Bapat asserted that due to the recurrent commotion caused by leaders from the ruling party, the state assembly was not able to discuss the finance bill

BJP MLA Girish Bapat has alleged that Congress and legislators from allied parties did not allow the house to function during winter session of the state assembly. 

Bapat yesterday addressed media persons about the issues raised by him in the assembly during the session.

Expressing displeasure: Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Girish Bapat. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

The MLA claimed that due to the frequent ruckus created by leaders from the ruling party, the house was not able to discuss the finance bill.

“After the notifications given by the opposition members of the house, the finance bill was being discussed. However, ruling party members didn’t even allow dialogue on this important bill, regarding levying of new taxes and altering the present tax structure,” said Bapat.

He accused chief minister Prithviraj Chavan of not giving opposition members enough time to discuss long pending issues of the city.

“The law and order, traffic and installation of CCTV cameras were some of the matters that have been pending for a long time. However, the CM didn’t even speak a single word about these issues,” Bapat said.

He also raised the issue of poor infrastructure of Yerawada jail, and claimed that he has been bringing up the subject of appointment of jail staff since long, and the government has ignored this.

Bapat said that his party fully supported the anti-superstition and black magic act, although BJP’s alliance party Shiv Sena has a different view. Sena is opposing some of the clauses of the act, which are related to religion.  

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