Friday, June 9, 2023

Maha Parishad briefly adjourned as CM Shinde targets opposition over Nagpur land issue

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Legislative Council was briefly adjourned on Wednesday following an uproar over the Nagpur land allotment decision by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who was the urban development minister in the previous state government.

Leader of Opposition Ambadas Danve again raised this issue in the House for the second consecutive day, on which members of the ruling party objected.

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court last week ordered status quo on the decision taken by Shinde, when he was the urban development minister in the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, on the allotment of land for the slum. Resident for private individuals.

Shinde had on Tuesday denied any wrongdoing and rejected the opposition’s demand to step down.

Danve said on Tuesday that the Nagpur Improvement Trust, which comes under the Urban Development Department, had reserved a 4.5-acre plot in the city for construction of houses to rehabilitate slum dwellers.

The Shiv Sena (UBT) leader had claimed, “However, Shinde issued an order to hand over the land to 16 people at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. The current value of the land is Rs 83 crore.”

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Danve said on Wednesday, ‘Manojkumar Suryavanshi, chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust, had issued an order in which it was said that people of one family got more than one plot. Thus, plot distribution cannot be regularised.” He claimed that CM Shinde, who was earlier the state’s urban development minister, had ordered the regularization of land allotments.

Before Danve could proceed, members of the ruling party started shouting and interrupted his speech.

Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs objected that Danve was raising the issue every day while the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had already responded to it in the Council on Tuesday.

As both the sides continued to argue, Shiv Sena (UBT) member Narendra Darade, who was presiding over the House, adjourned the proceedings for 15 minutes.

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No editing has been done to the headline or body by ABP Live.)

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