Mumbai, Feb 15: Protesting against the government's failure to avert the Pune blast, despite Central intelligence inputs of a possible terror strike, Shiv Sena-BJP MPs walked out of the meeting called by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to raise state issues in the parliament.
"The meeting began with a tribute to those killed in the Pune blast, after which senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi raised the issue of lack of coordination between Centre and state government," senior Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire said in a news agency report.
Sena chided the government for being more concerned in providing security for Rahul Gandhi"s visit to Mumbai and the release of Shah Rukh Khan"s film, instead of trying to avert Pune attack.
“We told the Chief Minister that the state government had failed to act on alerts given by Central government and instead, it deployed huge police force for Rahul Gandhi"s visit to Mumbai and to ensure release of Shah Rukh Khan"s film," Khaire said.
Khaitre informed that the opposition has criticised the Chief Minister of leaving the common man vulnerable to attacks for the sake of few individuals.
"The opposition members told Chavan that the government has deployed thousands of police to guard Rahul Gandhi and SRK"s film but left the common man without security," he said.
Khaitre said that the 18 Sena-BJP MLAs, who attended the meeting, walked out of the meeting as soon as it began, in protest against the government's failure to protect the common man.
The meeting which was held just before the Parliament session was convened by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to discuss the state related developmental issues to be raised by members in the House, including issues like scarcity.