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VILASRAO DESHMUKH’S BIDS FAREWELL TO VIDHAN SABHA

vilas-raoThe Legislative Assembly accepted the resignation from the membership of the house of seven members of the Lower House who won the just concluded Lok Sabha elections. The next day, former Chief Minister and now Union Minister for Heavy Industries VRD arrived at the state assembly. On the first day of the state budget session the Legislative Assembly Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar announced that seven members of the Lower House who won the just concluded Lok Sabha elections have tendered their resignations from membership of the house. The seven members are Sanjay Patil and Padamsinh Patil of NCP, Gopinath Munde of BJP, Subhash Wankhede and Prataprao Jadhav of Shiv Sena, Bhaskarrao Patil-Khatgaonkar of Congress and Raju Shetty of Shetkari Sanghatna has resigned following their election to the Lok Sabha. The speaker said that their resignations have been accepted. On the next day, former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh paid probably his last visit to the state assembly. Hailing from District Latur of Marathwada, Vilasrao Deshmukh has been a minister in various departments in Maharashtra from 1982 to 1995 holding the portfolios of revenue, cooperation, agriculture, home, industries and education. After being removed from the post of Chief Minister-ship after the Mumbai terror attacks, Vilasrao Deshmukh’s selection for a cabinet post in the Dr. Manmohan Singh government silenced his critics. After taking oath as a cabinet minister in Delhi, Vilasrao Deshmukh arrived at the state assembly and was welcomed by colleagues. Later the state assembly proposed a felicitation proposal following which Vilasrao Deshmukh delivered his last address to the state assembly. Later speaking to the media, an emotional VRD recalled his first address and how he his stint in various departments of the state government grew him as a political person. Plans are also afoot to restructure the police force in the Gadchiroli-Chandrapur districts to help curb the Naxal movement there, Home Minister Jayant Patil said in the legislative assembly after the opposition created an uproar in the assembly over the May 21 killing of 16 policemen in Gadchiroli by Naxalites. A Rs 100-crore plan, with special emphasis on communication facilities and sophisticated arms to policemen, will shortly be presented to the state cabinet for its approval, Home Minister Jayant Patil informed the house. Earlier, the Opposition Shiv Sena-BJP combine created an uproar in the assembly over the May 21 killing of 16 policemen in Gadchiroli by Naxalites. Gadchiroli and Chandrapur are the two Naxal-dominated districts of Maharashtra. Opposition leader Ramdas Kadam of the Sena and Eknath Khadse of the BJP insisted on moving an adjournment motion on the issue, condemning the DF government for its failure to protect policemen from the Naxal brutalities. Replying to the debate, Jayant Patil said the DF government was deeply committed to end the Naxal terror in the state. He said that the Naxals have created a war-like situation and the state will give them a fitting answer. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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