Informing that he has sought a report on the incident at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday made it clear that it was not for state Government but for the Presiding Officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister to take action in this regard. Speaking to media persons in Pune Chavan made it clear that state Government would take action with respect to administrative improvements at Maharashtra Sadan. As far as action against the MPs was concerned, he said,`since MPs are involved as per the TV footage, only presiding officers of the respective Houses can take action and it is for Parliamentary Affairs Minister who can act in this matter. '
Chavan condemned the incident in which Shiv Sena MPs had complain about food at Maharashtra Sadan and one of the MPs forcibly fed an employee at the Maharashtra Sadan Canteen on July 17 when the said employee was on fast due to Ramzan Month. The MP Rajan Vichare who force-fed the employee regretted about the same later. The chief minister said that this incident has brought down the reputation of Maharashtra as a progressive state.
Chavan said that there are problems about food at Maharashtra Sadan for a quite long time but Government can't do anything since it is difficult to get a good catering contractor. He said that as a temporary arrangement the Government has asked Railways catering service (IRCTC) to run the canteen. He informed that Shiv Sena MPs had complain that why the rooms at Maharashtra Sadan have been given to MPs from Uttar Pradesh but there is no logic in this complain since it is for the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry to decide temporary allocation for the newly elected MP during the first session and state Government has no say in this. More over Chavan said, `the rooms at Maharashtra Sadan are of different sizes and there are suits for Ministers from Maharashtra and it is not possible to ensure that all the MPS get same type of rooms.'