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STATE ASSEMBLY PASSES SIX BILLS IN NINE MINUTES BETWEEN OPPOSITION UPROAR TO SACK DGP A N ROY

roy1The Lok Sabha had created a record last week Tuesday when it passed eight bills in 17 minutes, but on Saturday, the State Assembly surpassed this record by passing six bills in just nine minutes. As the House witnessed an uproar over a court ruling against State DGP A N Roy leading to four adjournments, the bills were taken up for approval. One of the six bills approved by the House includes an important amendment to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, which will empower the civic body to start collecting property tax on the capital value of a residential or commercial property. The other bills include an amendment to the Bombay Provincial Municipal Act that empowers the state government to initiate the process of replacing octroi with the cess. Raising the matter of a court ruling against the state DGP and six other cops through an Adjournment Motion, Leader of Oppn Ramdas Kadam, BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Eknath Khadse demanded the removal of Roy from the DG’s post. Gopinath Munde alleged that there was an understanding between A N Roy and builder Siddique, who was unhappy with issues taken up by social worker Raj Awasthi. He alleged that Roy acted as per the instructions of the builder who gave a supari against Awasthi. He said the cops who have been told to register an FIR against their superiors, will not obey the court orders and so the government should remove Roy from his post. Since Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar did not accept the motion, oppn members began shouting slogans against the government. Both the CM and Home Minister were not in the House at the time of the incident. Bureau report NMTV

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