Maharashtra Assembly witnesses ruckus as Sena and Oppn seek scrapping of Nanar refinery project

12 Jul 2018

The Maharashtra Assembly witnessed din over the Nanar refinery issue for the second day today as members of the ruling ally Shiv Sena, and the Opposition Congress and NCP demanded scrapping of the project.
The continuous uproar over the issue led to repeated adjournments, and finally forced Speaker Haribhau Bagde to adjourned the House for the day. The House was adjourned on Wednesday also after the Shiv Sena and the Congress had tried to snatch the mace of the Speaker. The Nanar refinery project in Ratnagiri district is being opposed by local people as well as the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), as they claim that it would damage the ecology. As soon as the House assembled today, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patildemanded that the day's business be set aside and the Nanar refinery issue be taken up for debate.
He also demanded that the government announce scrapping of the project, or else the opposition will not allow the House to function. "We want the government to announce scrapping of the project," the Congress leader said, adding that some people's concern over the issue was not real. He said during a protest over the issue in Nagpur on Wednesday, some leaders were turned away by agitators. Sunil Prabhu (Shiv Sena) objected to Vikhe Patil's comments and accused him of making a false statement and insulting the Sena. Prabhu claimed that protesters had yesterday praised the Sena leadership for its support to those opposing the Nanar refinery project. He demanded that the LoP apologise for defaming the Shiv Sena. Some Congress members then got up and said Vikhe Patil had not even named the Sena, but only stated that some people's opposition to the project was not real.
Vikhe Patil said the gram panchayats of 17 villages, which are likely to be affected by the project, have staunchly opposed the proposed refinery.