Maharashtra Governor leaves Legislature amid slogan-shouting

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today left the Vidhan Bhavan premises without completing his address to the joint session of the state Legislature amid slogan-shouting by legislators.

State NCP president and Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil claimed legislators of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) shouted slogans in praise of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, while BJP legislators raised “low level” slogans which the governor couldn’t tolerate .

“It is unfortunate that he left without waiting for the national anthem,” Mr Patil said.

On the other side, BJP chief whip Ashish Shelar blamed the MVA for the governor ‘s speech ending abruptly.

“Our only demand inside and outside the legislature is that minister Nawab Malik, who has been accused of links with (fugitive gangster) Dawood Ibrahim’s associates, be asked to quit the ministry. We will not budge from the demand. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure smooth conduct of the proceedings,” he said.