Mumbai: Maharashtra Legislature today paid tributes to former state Home Minister late R R Patil and CPI leader Govind Pansare, with members lauding their contribution in political and social sectors of the state.
A condolence motion for Patil, other former legislators who passed away recently, and also for Pansare, was tabled by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the House. Speakers across parties lauded the contribution of Patil towards Maharashtra's development.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar bemoaned that Patil did not heed his advice to stop consuming tobacco.
Earlier today, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said outside the Vidhan Bhawan that the government agreed to table a condolence motion for Pansare after the Opposition insisted on it.
Vikhe-Patil thanked Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde for accepting the Opposition's request.
"At the House business advisory Committee meeting last month, our demand for the motion was rejected on the pretext that Pansare wasn't a member of the Legislature," Vikhe-Patil said.
"In a letter to the Speaker, I had pointed out that till December 2014, condolence motions for 60 personalities who were never members of the House were tabled," he said.
The personalities included late Bal Thackeray, Dhirubhai Ambani and Nelson Mandela, he said.