Mumbai: In an unprecedented act, members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena coalition staged a walkout from the Legislative Council on Tuesday, as the Opposition was disrupting the proceedings.
The development came after a series of three adjournments in the Legislative Council by the belligerent opposition parties, which is in a majority in the House, on various issues, including a demand for resignation of Housing Minister Prakash Mehta. Complaining that the Opposition parties were not allowing the ministers and legislators to speak, the members staged a walkout.
When Ravindra Waikar, Minister for State, was replying to an issue related to the slum redevelopment project at Borivali, the members from opposition parties started creating a ruckus.
Waikar holds charge of housing ministry as well as higher education. Suddenly, the Opposition members asked him, “Will you seek the resignation of the housing minister over the alleged corruption charges?”
Waikar was not in a position to reply on this issue. The ruckus continued and finally the ruling BJP-Sena members decided to walk out of the House and boycott the proceedings in the afternoon.
Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab accused the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) members of flouting rules, creating a ruckus and disrupting the proceedings of the Upper House.