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Ruckus in Maha Assembly as Sena, Cong MLAs try to snatch

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

The Legislative Assembly today witnessed ruckus over the Nanar refinery issue as MLAs of the and the tried to snatch the mace of the

However, the staff of the prevented the MLAs from taking away the mace after they climbed the podium.

The unruly scenes forced to adjourn the proceedings for the day.

As soon as the House assembled today, 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.

However, of Opposition Radhakrishna (Congress) opposed the Sena's demand, saying the Opposition had already submitted a notice for adjournment motion on the issue.

He told Speaker that members of the and be allowed to speak on the issue immediately after of State for Agriculture Sadashiv Khot finished giving his reply on a debate on farmers' issues.

was joined by of the

However, 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 (Khot) is speaking on an important issue.

Pawar and urged the speaker to take up their notices seeking adjournment motions on the refinery issue before allowing Sena members to speak.

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 district in Konkan.

As MLAs of Sena, and refused to relent, the speaker adjourned the proceedings for 15 minutes.

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, and climbed the podium and lifted the mace of the Speaker. Another Sena MLA 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.

Amid unruly scenes, Sudhir Mungantiwar tabled the appropriation bill which was passed by a voice vote.

The monsoon session of the is currently underway in

The Nanar refinery project has run into rough weather, as local people as well as the Sena and the Navnirman Sena (MNS) have been opposing it staunchly.

The project envisages construction of an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in district.

The project will be implemented by Refinery and (RRPCL).

Local people have been opposing the project claiming that it would damage ecology.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 17:15 IST