Government escapes no-trust motion

Deadline over House adjourned thrice as Oppn seeks Patil apology for 'threatening' words

The no-confidence motion proposed by Shiv Sena in the Legislative Assembly finally fell through on Wednesday with the lapse of deadline for taking it up.

The deadline was Tuesday, but the motion could not be taken up due to the BJP's Legislature gherao agitation. The BJP had opposed the Speaker's move to take it up on Tuesday, saying it had been decided to take the final call on Wednesday.

When Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP on Wednesday sought to know about the fate of the motion, Speaker Dilip-Walse Patil said since the deadline expired on Tuesday and the motion notice didn't get seconded by at least 10 per cent members (29) of the Opposition and support by group leaders in the House, it could not be taken up today.

The House, however, did witness vociferous scenes over R R Patil's "ready for befitting reply inside and outside the Legislature" utterance on Tuesday. The Opposition demanded an apology, which Patil refused, saying he had not uttered any unparliamentary words. He also chided the Opposition for not allowing discussion on Vidarbha's development by holding the House hostage over his remarks.

The Speaker said he would give a ruling only after he sees and hears the video and audio recordings.

The Opposition, however, was firm on the demand for apology, leading to ruckus and forcing two adjournments. When the House reassembled for the third time, the Opposition led by Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP demanded an SIT probe into the irrigation scam. Panel speaker Nawab Malik denied him the permission. This led to angry reactions from the Opposition, which insisted that an SIT probe be announced first. The House was then adjourned for the day.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Legislative Council, too, over the demand for SIT. The House had to be adjourned for the day when the Opposition refused to relent and continued protesting.

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