While the opposition has decided to fight terrorism with the state, it definitely is in no mood to spare the Democratic Front combine for its failure to tackle the terror attacks on Mumbai. The Opposition moved in for an adjournment motion on the issue of Mumbai Terror attacks. The winter session of the state assembly had a stormy start with BJP group leader Gopinath Munde attacking Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar for “assuming that the Opposition could go for a debate on 26/11 under Section 101 instead of moving an adjournment motion”. Munde said the Opposition reserved its right to move an adjournment motion. Kupekar, while defending his statement to the media, said he had no intention of forcing the Opposition to hold a mere discussion under Section 101. It’s their privilege, he clarified. Munde, however, said that if the government and the Speaker make such announcements even before the Assembly starts, it’s clearly undermining the authority of the House. Later on the first day, the government made a last ditch attempt to convince the Shiv Sena-BJP combine to speak in one voice against the terror strikes during the debate on Tuesday. However, sources said Opposition leaders made it clear that they would pinpoint the shortcomings in the security apparatus in Maharashtra. Prior to leaving for the winter sessions, State Opposition leader Ramdas Kadam spoke to NMTV News and said that though they would raise the issue of Mumbai Terror attacks, they would support the DF to fight terrorism. With Nilofar Shaikh, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
February 3, 2009