Watch: Opposition raises slogans against Shinde govt before start of monsoon session

A majority of the Opposition leaders and legislators staged a vociferous protest on the steps of the Vidhan Bhavan, carrying posters and placards, condemning and criticising the government at the start of its maiden legislature test.

FPJ Political BureauUpdated: Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 11:38 PM IST
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The six-day monsoon session began with the opposition shouting slogans against the Shinde-Fadnavis government at the entrance of the Vidhan Bhavan. Before the commencement of the proceedings of the State Assembly, opposition party legislators led by leaders of opposition Ajit Pawar and Ambadas Danve targeted the Shinde camp and BJP for the manner in which they formed the government. They alleged that the Shiv Sena legislators were allegedly lured by making financial commitments and also by promising them a clean chit from the Central probe agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Apart from Pawar, NCP legislators Dhananjay Munde, Shashikant Shinde, Congress legislators Balasaheb Thorat, Praneeti Shinde, Shiv Sena legislators Aaditya Thackeray, Sunil Prabhu were among others who shouted slogans against the deployment of Central probe agencies to target the opposition leaders. They lashed out at the government for not providing financial assistance to the farmers hit by heavy rains and floods. Terming the rebel Shiv Sena leaders “'traitors,” the opposition claimed that the government was formed in violation of democratic norms.

On its part, the Shinde camp targeted NCP saying that Ajit Pawar had betrayed his uncle and took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister with Devendra Fadnavis in the early morning swearing-in function in November 2019.

Aaditya takes a swipe at Eknath Shinde: Everyone Knows Who the 'Real CM' Is

In a blistering attack on the State government, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday said everyone knows who is the “real chief minister", apparently alluding to the clout of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

He took a dig at the cabinet expansion saying that the ministerial team has neither heard Mumbai’s voice nor the voice of women or Independent MLAs.

“Shinde last week expanded his Cabinet, inducting nine MLAs each of the rebel Shiv Sena camp and the BJP. No woman legislator or Independent was inducted in the Cabinet whose strength is now 20. The first 14 to 15 MLAs who aligned with Shinde when he revolted against the Shiv Sena leadership have not found a place in the Cabinet. So there is no place for loyalty,’’ said Aaditya.

Attacking the 40 rebel Sena MLAs, he said, They stabbed a kind person (Uddhav Thackeray) in the back. Doors are open for those who want to come back, but those who want to stay there must quit as MLA.

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