Sunday, March 13, 2011

Maharashtra\'s six-week long budget session begins on Monday

2011-03-13 Mumbai:

The six-week long budget session of the Maharashtra legislature will begin here from Monday, and is expected to see a face-off between government and Opposition on issues such as corruption, murder of additional collector Yashwant Sonawane, and Jaitapur nuclear power project.

This will be Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan\'s first budget session after he took over last November in the wake of Adarsh Housing scam.

He is not a member of the either house of the legislature. Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt has vacated his seat in the Legislative Council for him, and the date of the by-election is expected to be announced soon.

Unlike the winter session in Nagpur, Chavan may not have a smooth sailing in the budget session. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh\'s statement in the Rajya Sabha that Chavan was responsible for shortlisting P J Thomas for the post of Central Vigilance Commissioner, has provided ammunition to the main Opposition, Shiv Sena-BJP.

BJP has also organised a rally on issues such as inflation, corruption, etc., to coincide with the session.

But Congress may countercharge, raking up the issue of alleged involvement of BJP Mumbai unit president, Raj Purohit, in a Pune land scam.

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