Maharashtra budget session begins, Opposition boycotts Governor's address over his remarks on RSS

Opposition expressed displeasure over Governor Vidyasagar Rao's remarks on the RSS stating it was one of the most secular and inclusive organisations.

Published: 25th February 2019 12:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2019 05:03 PM   |  A+A-

The meeting of the opposition delegation with Rao comes days after Stalin and Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy separately wrote to him seeking a floor test.

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao (File | PTI)


MUMBAI: Opposition parties on Monday boycotted Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao's address to the joint sitting of the Maharashtra legislature to voice their protest against his recent remarks on the RSS.

Earlier this month, Rao said in Nagpur that the RSS is one of the most secular and inclusive organisations as it has always respected the right of individuals to practice their own faith.

Expressing displeasure over the remarks, opposition members stayed away from the Central Hall where the governor arrived to deliver his address to the joint sitting of both the Houses on the first day of the budget session.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said they decided to boycott the address because they "were doubtful if it will be the governor's address or that of a RSS person".


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