The proceedings of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were adjourned for the day today after MLAs of the Shiv Sena and the Congress created a ruckus on the Nanar refinery issue and tried to take away the Speaker's mace.
As soon as the proceedings of the House began, Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu demanded that the party MLAs be allowed to speak first on the issue as they wanted to participate in a morcha opposing the project.
He told Speaker Haribhau Bagde that members of the Congress and NCP be allowed to speak on the issue immediately after Minister of State for Agriculture Sadashiv Khot finished giving his reply on a debate on farmers' issues.
However, Sena MLAs tuck to their demand and stormed into the Well of the House.
Pawar wondered how the Sena could disrupt the proceedings of the House despite it being a ruling party and at a time when a minister (Khot) is speaking on an important issue.
NiteshRane (Congress) said he should be allowed to speak first since he is the local MLA and his party had submitted an adjournment notice.
He represents Kankavli assembly constituency in Sindhudurg district in Konkan.
The House was adjourned once again as noisy scenes continued unabated.
Even as a meeting of the group leaders of the Congress and NCP was underway in the chamber of the Speaker, Sena MLAs kept repeating their demand, forcing the presiding officers to adjourned the proceedings for two more times.
When the House reassembled after the fourth adjournment, Nitesh Rane and Rajan Salvi (Sena) climbed the podium and lifted the mace of the Speaker. Another Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik also climbed the podium.
However, the MLAs couldn't take away the mace as the staff of the Speaker held on to it.
During the scuffle, one of the chairs placed on the podium was overturned, following which the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for the day.
The Nanar refinery project has run into rough weather, as local people as well as the Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have been opposing it staunchly.
The project envisages construction of an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in Ratnagiri district.
Local people have been opposing the project claiming that it would damage ecology.
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