The Chandrababu Naidu drama, CIDCO’s Rs. 50000 Crores Shankaran committee invested scams and frequent adjournments were the major reports that made headlines from the on going state monsoon session. We bring to you these reports with all the highlights from the second week of the state monsoon session with Managing Editor Zeba. STATE FORMS “LEGISLATIVE FORUM ON AIDS” The second week of the on-going state monsoon session started with the inauguration of the Maharashtra Legislative Forum on AIDS at the hands of Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The second week of the state assembly session began with the inauguration of the Maharashtra Legislative Forum on AIDS at the hands of Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The Minister said that there was a need for each one of us to create awareness on the fatal disease. At par with Parliamentary Forum, the state government has taken initiative to form the Legislative Forum, which will work with other agencies for preventing and controlling of HIV/AIDS. The forum was inaugurated at the Central Hall of Vidhan Bhavan. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News. ASSEMBLY DISRUPTED AND ADJOURNED OVER BABLI DAM ISSUE Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was adjourned twice for 20 minutes in each instance over the Babli barrage issue with the Opposition members shouting slogans against Telugu Desam Party Chief N. Chandrababu Naidu. As soon as the House assembled after a weekend recess, Opposition members were on their feet and shouted slogans against TDP Chief Naidu who was arrested in Nanded district for violating prohibitory orders and refused bail last week. After the weekend recess, the Legislative Assembly was adjourned for the day by Speaker Dilip Valse-Patil as total chaos prevailed with members occupying the well and raising slogans against former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s protest over Babli dam project at Nanded. Last Friday, 74 leaders of TDP including 50 MLAs, MLCs and MPs, led by TDP Chief Naidu, were arrested when they tried to enter Maharashtra territory to visit the Babli project. The protest was started by the opposition but later some ruling coalition members including NCP MLA Jeetendra Awhad also joined in. Smaller parties of the house like SP also joined the protest. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said that the matter is in Supreme Court and hence both the states will have to follow what the court orders. Home Minister R R Patil informed that they did not keep Chandrababu Naidu in custody as it would disturb the law and order situation of the state. However both the Chief Minister and Home Minister did not refrain from calling the TDP Chief irresponsible. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News. CIDCO LAND SCAM ROCKS STATE MONSOON SESSION The Opposition walked out of the Assembly after the state government refused a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe into land allotments made by the CIDCO in the last ten years. Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse alleged that the land scam involving CIDCO was worth Rs 50,000 crore. CIDCO land scams from those investigated by the Shankaran Committee report to the plot allotted to Pune based builder Avinash Bhosale. The house had to be adjourned over the Shankaran Committee report. Opposition leader Eknath Khadse said that five years after the Shankaran report and after many indicting reports by the CAG, the government has not taken any action. Legislators demanded a CID probe and the Opposition supported it. The Opposition were dissatisfied by the justifications given by the Chief Minister resulting in the Opposition walking out of the House. The controversial allotment to extremely well-connected Pune-based developer, Avinash Bhosale to convert half of a 12-acre hotel plot into a residential zone on the prime Palm Beach Road opposite Seawoods in Navi Mumbai also rocked the house. Avinash Bhosale was allotted the plot in which the other bidders were Taj Group, Sun-n-Sand Hotel and Leela Group. The decision, which was taken barely a few days before CIDCO Managing Director G S Gill retired in March, has raised eyebrows, because soon after, Avinash Bhosale sold the six-acre residential portion for a hefty Rs 275 crore to the Mumbai-based Dheeraj Group-at a profit of 100%. Seeing that the opposition wasn’t going to stop the protest, the state was forced to stay all the decision taken by former CIDCO MD G S Gill in his last six months of his tenure. The state government and politicians do not understand any language anymore-except money. Everything that has any value is up for sale including principles, moral values and ethics. The Avinash Bhosale scam is one of them where the public tender conditions and the bidding process are nothing but a sham. Just about everyone in the powers of corridor knows who’s being favoured, and where thousands of crores of the money is going. But after each one gets their pie – the scam die their own death while directly or indirectly, public money and public space continue to be misused, abused violated and exploited to fill the coffers of a few. The CIDCO Avinash Bhosale scam isn’t the first and it won’t be the last. Unfortunately, as vested interest continues to win it all, democracy alone loses. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
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