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MAHARASHTRA LEGISLATURE SESSION BEGINS, BUDGET ON JUNE 4

assemblyThe state monsoon session started with the opposition talking on the state on the subject of the Ram Pradhan committee report on the Mumbai terror attacks. The Ram Pradhan committee has gone through different aspects of the November 26 to November 29 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Opposition Leader Ramdas Kadam led opposition attacked the state government over the report. The opposition has been terming the report that has given a clean chit to Mumbai police as an eye wash and has been demanding a judicial commission enquiry to probe the lapses on part of the police officers. Ram Pradhan is a former Home Secretary. He along with former RAW that is Research and Analysis Wing official V Balachandaran were on the committee probing the Mumbai terror attacks and the lapses made by the police. The report was submitted to the state on May 26 and has been forward to another two member committee headed by Chief Secretary Johny Joseph to form the ATR – that is Action Taken Report. The opposition raised slogans and was adamant that instead of taking up the “Question and Answer” round, the house should discuss the Ram Pradhan report. Opposition MLA Devendra Phadavnis said that there is an urgent need to check the merit of the Ram Pradhan report and no other issue of the state was as important as this one. State Home Minister Jayant Patil assured the protesting members that the report would be tabled before the house during this monsoon. But the opposition continued to demand that the state give a deadline of when the report would be tabled before the house. The worst remark perhaps was made by opposition MLA Eknath Khadse who said that on the day of the Mumbai terror attacks, non Marathi senior cops Hasan Gafoor, A N Roy and K L Prasad were inside their office while Hemant Karkare, Bharat Salaskar and Ashok Kamte – all Marathi cops came out to face the terrorists and were eventually killed. As the opposition protest continued, finally Chief Minister Ashok Chavan addressed the house and said that the state knows the seriousness of the Mumbai terror attacks. He however, said that it was unfortunate that the opposition was using the platform of the state assembly to divide the Mumbai Police on Marathi and non-Marathi and demoralizing them. Another significant announcement made was the acceptance of the resignation of MLA who have become members of Lok Sabha, which includes former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh along with 6 other MLAs and one MLC. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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