Four Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) MLAs were suspended from the Mahrastra Assembly after they attacked Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi for taking his oath in Hindi on Monday. A privilege motion seeking the suspension was passed by Minister Harshvardhan Patil.
The motion was accepted and passed by the Speaker after which the four – Ram Kadam, Vasant Gite, Shishir Shinde and Ramesh Wanjale – were suspended for four years.
The suspended MLAs, all first-timers, have also been barred from entering Mumbai and Nagpur whenever the Assembly meets in the two cities.
The MLAs had attacked Azmi after he defied a diktat issued by MNS chief Raj Thackeray by taking the oath in Hindi, the national language.
Thackeray a few days ago had warned all MLAs to take oath in Marathi or face the infamous MNS ire.
Meanwhile, a visibly upset Azmi demanded the arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan defended Abu Azmi saying, “The Constitution allows a member of the Assembly to take oath in any language.”
Political differences aside the Congress hailed the decision suspending the four MNS lawmakers.