Opposition disrupts Maharashtra budget presentation

Slogan shouting Opposition MLAs demanding that the legislators be appointed as chairmen of the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar scheme at tehsil level disrupted maiden presentation of budget by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 21:25 PM IST

Mumbai: Slogan shouting Opposition
MLAs demanding that the legislators be appointed as chairmen
of the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar scheme at tehsil level on Wednesday disrupted maiden presentation of budget by Maharashtra Deputy
Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Pawar later presented a budget with surplus of Rs 58
crore by increasing rate of tax on soft drinks, sun glasses
and extended the tax exemption to food grains and essential
commodities for a year.
Before Pawar, presenting his maiden budget as Finance
Minister, began his budget speech, Shiv Sena-BJP and MNS
members rushed to the well and shouted slogans against the
government for not honouring the rights of elected
representatives.

As Pawar stood to present the budget for the year
2011-12, the opposition members trooped in the well shouting
slogans throughout his 90-minute speech.
The House was earlier adjourned four times over the
issue which was raised by BJP member Sudhir Mungantiwar
through an adjournment notice after the Question Hour.

He said that the government had not honoured the
directives of the Speaker made during the winter session in

Nagpur to restore the chairmanship of?the committees
implementing the Yojana to legislators.

Labour and Special Assistance Minister Hassan Mushriff
told the House that he would submit a proposal to this effect
before the cabinet in eight days but this failed to satisfy
the opposition members who demanded a specific announcement
today itself.

Speaker Dilip Walse Patil said, "since the opposition
is making reference to my directives given in Nagpur, I would
like to state that I had asked the government to clear its
position on the issue in two days. It`s up to the government
to take a decision."

PTI