MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes on Wednesday after Speaker Nana Patole rejected Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s demand for moving a resolution honoring Vinayak Damodar alias Veer Savarkar on his 54th death anniversary in the House. Several BJP members arrived in the assembly donning caps with ‘Mi Pan Savarkar’ (Me Too Savarkar) written and later, attempting to embarrass the Shiv Sena, demanded a resolution to honor the Hindutva ideologue.
BJP leaders said they wanted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to move the resolution, attempting to corner the three ruling parties in Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) — Sena, Nationalist Congress Party, and Congress — though the CM was not present in the House at that time.
Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis urged the government should move a resolution honoring Veer Savarkar, his sacrifices and contribution to the Indian independence movement. However, NCP’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar turned the tables to target the BJP, wanting to know why the BJP-led government at the Centre has not yet conferred the Bharat Ratna on Veer Savarkar. “When the BJP was in power in Maharashtra and at the Center the former CM Fadnavis had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi twice, on Aug. 20, 2018, and Jan. 17, 2019, urging the Centre to confer the Bharat Ratna on Veer Savarkar. Then, what’s the hitch,” said Ajit Pawar, countering the BJP onslaught. (IANS)