Maharashtra Assembly: 19 Opposition MLAs suspended until 31 Dec by speaker for disrupting budget speech

Four days after MLAs from Congress and NCP disrupted the reading of the Maharashtra state budget, speaker Haribhau Bagade has suspended 19 legislators till 31 December, 2017.

File image of Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan.

While state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar was presenting his budget on 18 March, the opposition parties started disrupting his speech. They started unfurling banners, sloganeering, clapping and interrupting Mungantiwar, and preventing him from reading out his budget, described as "agriculture-centric".

According to a report on Zee News, the budget was planning to merge planned and non-planned expenditure from 2017-18. However, the opposition parties criticised the BJP government, demanding a complete farm loan waiver, terming the budget "directionless", and saying it would push the state into a financial crisis.

Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil was quoted in the report as saying, "(The budget is) a fraud on the farmers with mere carrots on the issue of farm loans waiver, which has shattered the dreams of the land tillers in the state."

The speaker has taken a dim view of these acts, however, and has said the 19 MLAs — 10 from NCP and nine from the Congress — will be suspended with immediate effect. This means they would not be part of the ongoing budget session of state legislature, and will also miss the next two assembly sessions.

Considering the strength of Congress and NCP in the 288-member Assembly is only 42 and 41 respectively, the suspension of these 19 MLAs will severely impact the two parties and will leave them unable to muster enough numbers in the House.

Here's a full list of the suspended MLAs:

Name Party Constituency
Amar Kale Congress Arvi (Wardha)
Bhaskar Jadhav NCP Guhagar (Ratnagiri)
Vijay Wadettiwar Congress Brahmapuri (Chandrapur)
Jitendra Awhad NCP Mumbra-Kalwa
Harshawardhan Sakpal Congress Buldhana
Madhusudhan Kendre NCP Gangakhed (Parbhani)
Abdul Sattar Congress Sillod (Aurangabad)
Sangam Jagtap NCP Ahmednagar
Avadhut Tatkare NCP Shrivardhan (Raigad)
DP Sawant Congress Nanded North
Sangram Thopate Congress Bhor (Pune)
Ameet Zanak Congress Risod (washim)
Kunal Patil Congress Dhule Rural
Deepak Chavan NCP Phaltan
Rahul Jagtap NCP Indapur (Pune)
Narhari Cirwal NCP Dindori (Nashik)
Vaibhav Pichad NCP Akole
Jaykumar Gore Congress Man (Satara)
Datta Bharane NCP Indapur (Pune)

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Updated Date: Mar 22, 2017 12:33:57 IST

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