Mumbai: Bedlam in House over tainted, ministers

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - 10:14am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Members of the Opposition as well as the ruling front disrupted the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly for the second day over tainted ministers. Following the bedlam, the House was adjourned twice and the third time for the whole day on Tuesday.

After the report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was tabled in the House, industries minister Narayan Rane got up to clarify his position on the allegations made by the Opposition members about an FIR being registered against several ministers in the Jalgaon Milk Cooperative matter on Monday.

While clarifying his position, Rane said that the Jalgaon Milk Cooperative Society issue is quite an old one and that Nagaraj Patil, who was a security officer and the complainant in the case, was placed under suspension in connection with a different case and  was later removed from service for dereliction of duty.

Referring to accusations made by leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse that the minister was a cheat and a dacoit, and other ministers were ‘420’, Rane pointed out that Khadse was his colleague in the Sena-BJP alliance government and, therefore, accusing him of being a dacoit amounts to the Opposition leader calling himself a dacoit. Rane said if he was a fraudster, then the same applied to Khadse too.

Rane also pointed out that the milk federation was doing extremely well now after being handed over to the National Dairy Development Board. Lambasting  BJP leaders, Rane even said that Khadse should not be talking about corruption as one of the national presidents of his party, Bangaru Laxman, was caught accepting bribe on camera. He further said that two ministers in the Narendra Modi government -- Anandiben Patel and Purushottam Solanki -- were facing criminal charges.

However, citing rule, the chair did not allow Khadse to rebut.

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