Budget session of Maharashtra Legislature from Monday

Budget session of Maharashtra Legislature from Monday

Mumbai, Feb 28 (PTI) The Budget session of the
Maharashtra Legislature will begin on Monday under the shadow
of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, and is likely to be
a stormy affair with the opposition BJP expected to corner the
state government over various issues.

The 10-day-long budget session will have eight working
days and the budget will be tabled on March 8.

Bills pertaining to departments such as revenue,
higher education and home are likely to be taken up.

A draft of the Shakti Act, which provides for strict
punishment for crime against women and children, is under
consideration of a joint select committee of both Houses.

The state budget session is normally held for six
weeks, but in view of the current pandemic situation, it has
been curtailed.

The BJP recently alleged that the Uddhav Thackeray-led
Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was trying to curtail the
session on the pretext of coronavirus situation to run away
from debate on its “failures”.

However, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anil
Parab on Thursday claimed that it was opposition parties which
wanted a one-day session.

The session will start with the address of Governor
Bhagat Singh Koshyari to the joint sitting of the state
Legislative Assembly and Council.

The state government will also table supplementary
demands on the first day. The House will hold discussion on
the governor”s speech on March 2, while next two days are
reserved for discussion on supplementary demands, Parab said.

The governor has so far not approved 12 names
recommended by the cabinet for nomination to the Legislative
Council.

According to Parab, the Legislature will discuss
proposals of opposition parties on March 5 and some bills will
also be tabled.

There will be no sittings on March 6 and 7.

Parab had claimed that the opposition suggested a
one-day session due to the COVID-19 situation, “but we decided
to have a ten-day session”.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis
recently pointed out that election of the new Speaker was not
on the agenda of the meeting.

The post fell vacant following the resignation of Nana
Patole, who has taken over as the Congress”s state unit chief.

The state Legislature”s budget session was curtailed
last year also in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19.

On Saturday, Maharashtra reported more than 8,000 new
COVID-19 cases on the fourth straight day, raising the
caseload in the state to 21,46,777.

The death toll in the state due to the pandemic has
reached 52,092, as per official data.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last Sunday asked to
follow “COVID-appropriate” behaviour and safety norms, and
said he would observe for a week to 15 days and then decide
whether to impose another lockdown.

The BJP has accused the government of mismanagement of
the COVID-19 crisis and failure to boost development works.

It will raise in the House the issue of state Forest
Minister Sanjay Rathod”s name being linked to the death of the
woman in Pune.

The BJP had earlier warned that it would not allow the
Budget session to proceed smoothly if Rathod did not resign.

The minister has denied the allegations against him.

The government is also likely to face questions from
the opposition over the last month”s fire at a hospital in
Bhandara where 10 newborn babies died, and delay in help to
farmers affected by floods and cyclone in parts of the state.

Incidents of atrocities against women in COVID-19 care
centres and alleged corruption in various government
departmentsare also likely to be raised during the session.

Fadnavis a few days back said government did not
want to be questioned on issues such as “rampant corruption”.
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