Mumbai: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on Tuesday claimed he was denied entry to the Maharashtra Legislative Council despite having a valid pass.
According to the rules of the house, the visitors entry pass is only valid for an hour and the visitor has to enter the viewing gallery during that time. When Kumar came at around 12:30 the legislative council was adjourned for 30 minutes and by the time the house would resume function his visiting hours would have lapsed. And so he had to leave and wasn't allowed to enter the building.
"I wanted to see the discussion over separate statehood for Vidarbha in the Legislative Council and the time allotted to me was between 12 and 1 pm. Despite reaching at about 12.20 pm, the security guards kept dilly dallying and did not allow me to enter within the stipulated time," he told reporters here.
He described the incident as a "fall of democracy" and claimed that the BJP-led government was "anti-citizen." Meanwhile, despite Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' assurance to the Assembly that there was no proposal before the state government for a separate statehood for Vidarbha, Opposition parties in the Council refused to let the House function and demanded that the CM propose an "Akhand Maharashtra" resolution.