Maharashtra budget session from today

The six-week-long Budget Session of the Maharashtra Legislature will begin here from Monday.

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 09:05 AM IST

Mumbai: The six-week-long Budget Session
of the Maharashtra Legislature, which will begin here from Monday, is expected to see Government-Opposition faceoff 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 following the
resignation of his predecessor Ashok Chavan 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 Department
of Personnel and Training, then under 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 and corruption 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.

Opposition is expected to take on the government
regarding the "tardy" pace of investigation into Sonawane
murder case and Adarsh scam. BJP will highlight an alleged
land scam in Mumbai worth Rs 50,000 crore, regarding which a
PIL has been filed in the High Court by Kirit Somaiya, a party

Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar
will present his first budget on March 23.

A landmark bill facilitating 50 per cent reservations
for women in local self-government bodies is expected to be
introduced in this session.

Shiv Sena would raise the issue of Jaitapur Nuclear power
project, demanding its scrapping. A section of locals in the
coastal Ratnagiri district are fiercely opposed to the project.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative assembly Eknath
Khadse told reporters that Opposition will demand a white paper on
the state economy. "The debt is now Rs 2.36 lakh crore. We
want to know how the government spent the money," he said.

Law and order situation has deteriorated, with crimes
against girls in state-run residential schools on the rise, he
The Opposition would also raise "the issue of
irregularities in cooperative sector and Agricultural Produce
Marketing Committees in the state," he said.