MUMBAI: Both the houses of Maharashtra legislature were adjourned for the third day in a row due to the aggressive stance of the Opposition on crop loan waiver.
Just like the previous two days, the Opposition members staged a protest at the entrance of Assembly complex even before the Houses met for the day. Shiv Sena members, some of whom had met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at his official residence earlier in the day, too shouted slogans for crop loan waiver in a separate group.
As the Speaker Haribhau Bagde called for the question hour, members from Opposition benches rushed to the well and disrupted proceedings. After two adjournments amounting to about an hour, minister for parliamentary affairs Girish Bapat read out recommendations of the business advisory committee of the legislature and moved a motion to approve the governor’s address to both the Houses. Both were approved with a voice vote amid din before the Speaker adjourned the House for the day. Due to Holi and Zilla Parishad elections in several districts, the House will be closed till March 14 and meet again on March 15.
In the legislative council, revenue minister Chandrakant Patil tried to present the government’s view on the crop loan waiver issue, but the Opposition disrupted his speech by raising objections and shouting slogans. Chairman Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar then adjourned the House.
The legislative council saw disruption over MLC Paricharak’s comments for the first two days and then over the issue of crop loan waiver since last three days.