Shiv Sena-BJP spar over Speaker's election in Maha Assembly

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Sena disrupts proceedings in assembly
Mumbai, Nov 11: The time for filing of nomination for the post of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker was on Tuesday extended after Opposition Sena disrupted proceedings and demanded that the notification of schedule for the Speaker's election be cancelled as all members had not taken oath.

As soon as the House assembled for the second day to enable the members to take oath, Sena leader Eknath Shinde, on a point of order, demanded that the notification of schedule for Speaker's election be cancelled.

"The time for filing of nomination is till 12 noon. As many as 106 members are yet to take oath, they cannot participate in the process of election including proposing, seconding the name of the candidate or even if they want to contest the election, till they take oath as members," Shinde said.

The time for filing of nomination for the post of Speaker was later extended till 3 pm. As Shinde said that the notification should be cancelled and the time for filing of nomination be extended, all Shiv Sena members were on their feet demanding that the proceedings be stopped till the ruling is given by the Protem speaker.

Sena members were on their feet demanding that the proceedings be stopped

Protem Speaker Jeeva Pandu Gavit said there was no need for stopping the proceedings.

However, Sena members were unrelenting. They raised slogans in favour of their demand that the proceedings cannot be continued till a ruling is given. Intervening, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said it would be unfair to stop the oath-taking ceremony following which Sena members started sloganeering.

Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP) said the point of order was correct and at the same time it would not be right to stop the oath-taking procedure. Deshmukh's view was supported by NCP member R R Patil. Patil said the time for filing of nomination should be extended till all members take oath.

Parliamentary Affairs minister Prakash Mehta agreed to the suggestion. On Monday, 178 members including Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues, former chief minister and former ministers, former speaker and deputy speaker as well as women members took oath.

PTI

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