The Maharashtra Legislative Council’s winter session at Nagpur started on a stormy note.
BJP members were seen wearing saffron caps that had “Mee Pan Savarkar” translating to ‘I am also Savarkar’ and protesting against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ‘My name is not Rahul Savarkar’ remark that led to a ruckus in the lower house and subsequent adjournment for 10 minutes.
After leading protests on the stairs of Vidhan Bhavan, former CM Devendra Fadnavis raised the issue on the floor of the house under Rule 57 (Suspension of rules) under the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
But Speaker Nana Patole refused to take Devendra Fadnavis’s statement on record. This led to sloganeering with BJP members gathering in the Assembly.
“Is this British Raj’s Assembly or Independent India’s Legislative Assembly? Why can’t our feelings on Veer Savarkar Ji not go on record? And why are the CM and the Shiv Sena silent on this?” Fadnavis said.
NCP MLA Nawab Malik told the media, “Large scale corruption was done in the name of the Shivaji memorial. The BJP that was in power during the period and now it wants to divert attention and hence is raising this issue.”
Among those who were seen joining the protests were Ganesh Naik and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil who stood at the back wearing the hats. Later Ganesh Naik was seen sitting with his party colleagues without the cap.