Maharashtra Assembly: Jokes about ED, Guwahati greenery evoke laughter during session

Shouting by some Opposition MLAs referring to the ED and “greenery” sent the House into peals of laughter

FPJ BureauUpdated: Monday, July 04, 2022, 09:34 AM IST
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Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, left, and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis | PTI

Mumbai: Amid tense moments in the Maharashtra Assembly which saw BJP nominee Rahul Narvekar being elected as Speaker with support of the Eknath Shinde faction, shouting by some Opposition MLAs referring to the ED and “greenery” sent the House into peals of laughter.

The proceedings of the two-day special session of the Assembly began at 11 am.

After deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal ordered the headcount of MLAs to assess the numbers in favour of BJP nominee Rahul Narvekar and MVA’s Rajan Salvi, legislative staff began the procedure.

However, the initial fumbling of the staff and some MLAs failing to speak out the correct sequential number invited critical comments.

As the staff reached rebel MLA Shahaji Patil’s seat for headcount, someone from the Opposition bench shouted “zaadi” (greenery) in Marathi, evoking loud laughter.

The “zaadi” reference was to Patil’s recent viral audio clip in which he can be heard describing the view from the starred hotel in Guwahati where he had stayed along with rebel MLAs.

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