Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today paid rich tributes to Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde before being adjourned for the day.
The motion condoling the death of the BJP leader was moved by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The demise of Mr. Munde is sad, painful and unfortunate, Mr. Chavan said.
“Mr. Munde had risen from the ranks, was a good orator who connected instantly with the masses,” he said. Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse Patil said since the official notification from the Center on Mr. Munde’s demise was not received, Assembly proceedings started at 11 am.
“There were diverse views on whether the condolence motion could be taken up before the cremation. This is a tricky situation. We all have to go for the funeral tomorrow and there is budget on June 5,” he said.
There were some differences among legislators over where the condolence meeting should be held.
The Chief Minister was of the opinion that a proper condolence meeting be held at the central hall but Industries Minister Narayan Rane differed saying since the motion has been tabled, it is proper to have members air their sentiments so that they are recorded.
Independent legislators Anil Gote and Sitaram Ghandat said the motion should not be taken up in the absence of BJP members in the House. The motion was adopted without any discussion.