The Lokayukta Bill 2022 was passed in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Wednesday to bring the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers under the purview of the anti-corruption body Lokpal. The bill was passed without any discussion after the opposition boycotted the house over the alleged scam in the teacher’s entrance examination. The bill was introduced on Monday. At the same time, after the bill was passed, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis termed it as a historic law. He said, Maharashtra is the first state to enact such a law. According to the information, before starting any inquiry against the Chief Minister under the Bill, the approval of the Legislative Assembly will have to be obtained and the proposal will have to be placed before the House. For passing such a resolution, the consent of at least two-thirds of the total members of the assembly will be necessary.
Opposition demands resignation of Minister Abdul Sattar
Opposition leaders in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly demanded the resignation of Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar, who is surrounded by corruption charges. Apart from Leader of the Opposition Ajit Pawar, other leaders raised slogans outside the House. On the other hand, in response to the allegation of land scam, Minister Abdul Sattar said that the allotment of lands has been done in a legal manner. Allegations of corruption are wrong.
Center should declare the disputed area as a union territory
Maharashtra Legislative Council member Jayant Patil on Wednesday sought immediate intervention on the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka. The disputed area should be declared a union territory, he said. Taking an immediate decision on Jammu and Kashmir, the Center divided it into union territories, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take the same stand on the issue of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Patil said that the Lok Sabha has the right to take a decision, so BJP leaders should immediately approach the central government on this issue.
NCB arrested two with charas
In Maharashtra, the NCB has arrested two persons for possession of charas. Four kg charas has been recovered from both of them. Officials say that investigation is going on in this matter.