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Shiv Sena MLA Gawande creates commotion in Assembly
Nagpur, Dec 6 (PTI) Shiv Sena MLA Gulabrao Gawande created commotion in Maharashtra Assembly today by pouring kerosene on his clothes and trying to consume some poisonous substance to protest against, what he called, DF Government's "apathy" towards scores of suicides by debt-ridden farmers, an act resulting in his suspension for rest of Winter Session.

Gawande, representing Akola constituency, moved to the well of the House when Leader of Opposition in the lower House Ramdas Kadam was demanding suspension of Question Hour and taking up discussion on farmers' suicides. He poured kerosene on his clothes and tried to gulp the poisonous susbtance but was stopped by the members.

He was taken out of the House by two Sena members after the two bottles containing kerosene and the poisonous substance were snatched from him.

The House was later adjourned for the day without transacting any business.

Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar adjourned the House initially for 10 minutes and when it reassembled for duration of the Question Hour.

After another 30 minutes adjournment, which was the third during the day, the Speaker allowed tabling of starred questions. Minister for Parliament Affairs Harshwardh Patil moved a few bills followed by a proposal to suspend Gawande.

The House adopted a resolution by a voice vote, saying the act of Gawande was uncalled for.

It further said drops of kerosene got sprinkled on the clothes of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil and Harshwardhan Patil, and had Gawande set himself on fire, the House would have been engulfed by flames. Even it would have been difficult for Fire Brigade personnel to put out the fire, it added.

Hence in view of the gravity of the incident, the erring MLA should be suspended from the House for rest of the session and should not be allowed to enter the premises of Vidhan Bhawan, the resolution said.

The resolution was moved by Harshwardhan Patil when the entire Opposition moved in to the well of the House and created uproar, raising slogans accusing DF ruling alliance of showing apathy towards the plight of farmers.

PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal was the first to stop Gawande. When the House was adjourned for the day after a decision to suspend Gawande, he was seen sitting in his chair, though other opposition members were shouting slogans in the well of the House.

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