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What did MLAs ask?
A recent survey reveals the issues MLAs from Mumbai raised in the Assembly. While the important matter of rising crime against women received scant attention from the 36 MLAs from the city, Newsline brings some notable issues they raised in the House.
Worried about 'far off'
Borivali registered 39 murders, 37 rapes, and 777 vehicle thefts between April 2011 and March 2012 but BJP MLA from Borivali, Gopal Chinaiya Shetty, was worried about Nagpur. The issue he raised in the House was government failure in implementing its order to set up three new police stations in Nagpur city in view of rise in crime there. He is one of the many MLAs who raised issues not related to their constituency. The others include Shiv Sena MLA from Goregaon Subash Rajaram Desai who said police set-up should be improved in Dhule district, and Ghatkopar West MLA Ramchandra Shivaji Kadam of the MNS, who wanted to know what action had been taken in the incident where an ST bus, heading for Chembur from Ale Phata, crushed 12 to death at Indira Gandhi Chauk at Shilphata near Khopoli.
The same, again
There are some issues affecting the MLAs time and again. Some queries often repeated include action taken in the Swargate Bus Depot incident in Pune, in which driver (Santosh Mane) caused the death of nine people, and the abduction of BJP corporator Suhasini Lokhande and subsequent developments. Yet another issue that bothered MLAs from MNS, Shiv Sena and BJP regularly was opium cultivation. There has been al least ten instances, when they have called for government intervention.
Not so serious about serious
Some serious issues like youth in the state getting addicted to intoxicating substances, police being unable to control drug trade, many persons going missing in the state, and the government inability to curb female infanticide were raised in the House but they seem to be mere statements, not backed by specific statistics or examples. For instance, during a session, MNS's Shishir Krishnarao Shinde said Maharashtra's crime rate has gone up rapidly due to increasing population and rapid industrialisation.+