Mumbai: The grim drought-like conditions in 201 talukas out of the total 355 talukas in the state has cast clouds of uncertainty over the scheduled winter session of the state legislature beginning from November 19 and the much talked about expansion of the state cabinet. Sources in the Vidhan Bhavan said, the session may be pushed further to December 3.
The legislative staff would prefer the schedule pushed from December 3 to 22, since they require considerable time to pack and send off the truck loads of documents, important files and papers. “It will get more days to present the budget of the state, since the next year is an important one and will also be the election year. The election code of conduct would be imposed from March. In this situation, the state will not be allowed to table the budget in March next year and that would mean, it will be tabled in December,” said the source. The fate of the cabinet expansion over the weekend too depends upon the Chief Minister’s visit to New Delhi to meet his party bosses. The sources said, if the session is to begin on November 19, at Nagpur, as per the schedule, then the state legislature staff will get only few days to prepare for the session.