MNS not with Sena on no-faith move

Amid media speculation over the possibility of Raj and Uddhav coming together after the demise of Bal Thackeray, MNS distanced itself from a Shiv Sena no-confidence move against the state government. The party said it was not taken into confidence.

It also reiterated opposition to memorials and favoured attending a tea party hosted by the goverment on the eve of the Nagpur legislative session beginning Monday.

MNS MLA Bala Nandgaonkar told the media Saturday: "We have not been consulted about the proposed motion. It is necessary for the entire opposition to discuss such matters before taking a decision."

On the issue of a memorial to Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park, he said, "The party has been against memorials since the beginning. We also did not support the proposal to install a Shivaji statue in Arabian Sea off Mumbai. We feel a project for public good is better than building memorials."

On the irrigation scandal and re-induction of Ajit Pawar in the state cabinet as deputy CM, Nandgaonkar said, "The government has cheated people. How could they take Ajit Pawar back? We will demand a discussion on irrigation and also seek tabling of all letters written by irrigation department chief engineer Vijay Pandhare."

He also demanded an inquiry by a three-member panel comprising a retired high court judge, an irrigation expert (Madhav Chitale, preferably) and an IAS officer.

Condolence motion

MNS has sought a special condolence motion for Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray on the second day of the session. "Condolence motions come on the first day. But we have sought a special one for Balasaheb on the second day," party leader Bala Nandgaonkar said. "We have sent a request to speaker Dilip Walse-Patil, who has promised to look into it positively."

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