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Assembly debates are fixed between ruling and opp parties: Malegaon MLA
It was 'awkward' and 'lonely' to be in the house during the assembly sessions, says the Mufti-turned-Politician who is contesting for second term
Wednesday October 8, 2014 12:22 PM, Staff Reporter

Mufti Mohammad Ismael, the cleric-turned-politician, who won the 2009 Maharashtra election to represent the Malegaon (Central) assembly constituency for the next five years and now trying to retain the seat, Tuesday criticized the handling of the assembly sessions, and the way legislators from smaller parties are treated.

Mufti Ismael
[Mufti Mohammad Ismael: In reply to a question, he said that the NCP leaders are far 'caring' and 'sensitive' to the issues concerning the common people as compared to the Congress. (]

"What I found about the debates during the assembly sessions during my last five years as MLA is that they are mere eyewash, and are actually fixed between the ruling and opposition parties", he said while talking to

He said these debates are never sincere, the legislators from ruling and opposition parties indulge in hurling allegations and raising objections against each other then go to Speaker's chamber for a 'compromise'.

"These are all show-off and eyewash to grab headlines and media attention, and in turn fool the people. I never saw any objection or issue being raised that concern the common people but for the own benefits of the ruling or opposition parties", he said.

He also criticized the way legislators from smaller parties are treated in the house.

"The house is ruled by the whims and diktats of the ruling and opposition parties MLAs. Legislators like me who belonged to smaller parties were never given time to raise any issue in the house", he said.

"In fact, I would get tired raising my hands but never succeeded in getting the attention of the speaker. It was all very awkward for the person like me", he said.

Interestingly, the Maharashtra assembly records show that Mufti Ismael, who won the 2009 elections on the ticket of little known 'Jan Swaraj Shakti Party', was present in the house for just 77 days and for about 01 hour 40 minutes.

Despite all the above allegations against the system, he is contesting the election once again and has put all his efforts to retain the Malegaon (Central) seat as the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate for this election. Mufti had joined the NCP on September 19, 2014, less than a month before the October 15 election. As an NCP MLA, he feels, he will get a better treatment in the house.

"If I failed to perform to the expectations of my people during my last tenure as MLA, it was primarily because I did not belong to the ruling or opposition parties. This is the reason why I have joined the NCP and decided to contest the election as its candidate", he said.

In reply to a question, he said that the NCP leaders are far 'caring' and 'sensitive' to the issues concerning the common people as compared to the Congress.

"The Congress party, especially its Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, is not sincere in addressing the issues concerning to the people of the state. I met Chavan enormous number of time with requests to solve some of the important issues faced by the people of Malegaon. However, he just sat on my files without doing anything to clear them. Tired of his behavior, I met Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. Realizing the importance of the files, he cleared them within half an hour", he said.

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