Sena no-faith motion plan divides opposition
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Unable to hide its disunity over a proposed no-confidence motion by Shiv Sena, the opposition seems to be left with only one issue — re-induction of Ajit Pawar into the state cabinet — to corner the government over the next two weeks.
At the customary press conference on the eve of the winter session, BJP, Sena and MNS listed 19 subjects to corner the government on, but were at pains to come clear on the fate of the proposed no-confidence motion.
With MNS maintaining its negative stand, all that the opposition had to say was: "We are discussing when it (no-faith motion) can be taken up."
Leader of opposition in the legislative council Eknath Khadse of BJP said, "We will talk to MNS."
MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar, however, categorically said, "People know how much to trust the government on irrigation scam. We don't think it's time for a no-trust motion. But we are united on all other issues."
A senior BJP leader sarcastically said, "Even we were not taken into confidence before announcing the move. But since we have great love for Sena, we have accepted it (the motion)."
"It (motion) will definitely come. It is unlikely to get passed, but it provides an opportunity to tear the government apart," he said.
The opposition, however, is firm on cornering the government on the irrigation scam and Pawar re-entry into the cabinet.
They also published two booklets on the issue, including a "black paper" on irrigation, to counter the claims made in a government white paper published recently.
Points of conflict
'Misleading' white paper on irrigation and delayed projects of Vidarbha
Continued farmer suicides
Poor financial condition of the state - debt of Rs 2.77 lakh-crore
Frequent extensions to load-shedding free deadlines, huge hike in power tariff
Drought and water shortage in many parts of the state