‘Sena’s no-trust move a sign of political immaturity’

The Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday castigated opposition Shiv Sena in the state for its move to bring a no-confidence motion against the Congress-led ruling dispensation in the winter session of the Maharashtra Assembly.

Addressing reporters here on the Shiv Sena move, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said, "This smacks of political immaturity and hollow leadership."

In a bid to put the state government on the mat, the Shiv Sena has given a notice under rule 95 to move a no-trust motion in the session beginning December 10 in Nagpur, while its alliance partner BJP has organised a march against the government.

"The notice under rule 95 is given when there is an indication that the state government is in minority. This government has the support of 190 MLAs which is way ahead of the 144 figure in the house of 289," Malik said.

Only when the Opposition is "low on confidence or overconfident," do they bring a no-confidence motion against the government, the spokesman said.

"In this case, it looks like overconfidence. They (Shiv Sena) could have given a notice for discussion under different rules and highlight issues. But the government is ready for debate and we are confident that the no-confidence motion, if taken up, will be defeated. However, two days of the proceedings will go waste," he added.

Malik said that he will move a breach of privilege notice against BJP leader Kirit Somaiya for making "baseless" allegations of corruption in the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL). The BJP leader yesterday sought a probe by SIT into the matter.

"By levelling false allegations against Assembly speaker Dilip Walse Patil in the matter, Somaiya has not only breached the privilege of the Speaker but also of the entire legislative assembly," he said.

Expressing concern over the murder of a teenager who stood up against eve-teasing in neighbouring Dombivali, NCP demanded that the laws be amended to make eve-teasing a non-bailable offence.

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