For the past few days, the business of Maharashtra Legislature’s Houses has not been running as usual in Nagpur Vidhan Bhavan, where monsoon session is being held after 47 years. Crores of taxpayers’ money has been wasted because of so many adjournments in the Assembly and the Council over the issue of Nanar refinery project in the Konkan region of the state. The Opposition parties – Congress and NCP – are not letting the Assembly function as they are seeking clarity from the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on his stand on Nanar. Certain MLAs of Shiv Sena – BJP’s ally in the government – have also joined the Opposition MLAs in their protest on the Nanar issue.
Shiv Sena is opposed to setting up Nanar refinery in Konkan as they claim that the project will destroy the region. While former CM of the state Prithviraj Chavan says that CM Fadnavis didn’t take his own ally Shiv Sena into confidence on Nanar project, another Congress MLA Vijay Wadettiwar accuses Shiv Sena of seeking a share in the project by arm-twisting the BJP.
The Opposition parties and Shiv Sena are collectively blaming the government, the government, on the other hand, is blaming the Opposition. The reality remains that against this backdrop of the blame-game between the government, the ally and the Opposition, the Houses (especially, the Assembly) are paralysed and the crores of taxpayers’ money is going down the drain. In a Dialogue @ NATION NEXT with senior Maharashtra MLAs across parties, Radhika Dhawad tries to decipher as to who, among the government, the ally and the Opposition, is responsible for this stalemate condition of the Houses in Nagpur Vidhan Bhavan. (Watch the video below)
Producer: Vikrant Shandilya
Anchor: Radhika Dhawad
Photojournalist and Video Editor: Himanshu Pal