Mumbai : The issue of communal violence in Harsul village near Nashik was raised by opposition members in the state legislative assembly on Friday. After accusing the government of not allowing discussion over the issue, the opposition staged a walkout.
The Opposition said that only by saying that “the situation is normal” won’t suffice and the government should give a detailed account of the ground situation in the village along with the actions taken in the house. When it became clear that the government won’t allow discussion over the issue immediately, the opposition staged a walkout. Targeting the government for not doing enough to bring the situation to normalcy, Jeeva Pandu Gavit (CPM) raised the issue in the assembly. His two adjournment notices seeking discussion on the matter was rejected by the chair twice over the past week, he said.
Gavit lamented that even though the notice seeking discussion was rejected, he was not allowed even to speak to draw government’s attention to the ground situation.
Jayant Patil (NCP) said the chair was not allowing opposition members to raise issues. “The government has failed to curb the violence in Harsul,” he charged.
Guardian Minister of Nashik Girish Mahajan told the house that normalcy has been resorted and he had visited the area twice to monitor the law and order situation.
Housing MInister Prakash Mehta,who is holding additional charge of parlimentary affairs said the government will make a statement on the violence on Monday. On Tuesday, one person (Ramdas Budhar) was killed in police firing when a protest march turned violent in Harsul.
The march was held to protest against the death of one Bhagirath Choudhary (26) whose body was found in a well in Baripada near Harsul on July 7.
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