Mumbai : The opposition Congress and NCP is full of ammunition with issues such as failure to tackle drought, office of profit by minister Vinod Tawde and increased incidents of attack on police in the state, to raise against ruling BJP-Shiv Sena in upcoming budget session. The session will begin from Wednesday (March 9).

According opposition Congress and NCP, they have sufficient issues against ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and they will raise it in both the Houses of the session, that will begin with Governor Ch Vidyasagar’ address to joint session of Upper and Lower House on Wednesday.

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Allowances for 40 day  for 23 days of work!

Officially, the budget session will run from March 9 till April 17. But, the session has 17 holidays including two non-working Saturdays. This would mean that work would be carried out in the house only for 23 days. Moreover, the 367 MLAs and MLCs have demanded that their residential allowances be doubled and other perquisites and expense limits be increased substantially. The proposal is expected to come up for discussion at a session that would see a record number of holidays and at a stage when the state is facing a worst drought in recent past.

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Leader of Opposition in State Legislative Council, Dhananjay Munde, said that the state didn’t take action against corrupted five ministers including school education minister Vinod Tawde, Tribal Development minister Vishnu Savra and Women and child welfare minister Pankaja Munde.

“We had exposed how these ministers were involved in corruption and demanded enquiry and their resignation during winter session held at Nagpur in last December. But nothing had happened. In fact, we feel that Devendra Fadnavis government is shielding these corrupt ministers,” he said.

We will continue with our issues in upcoming budget session as well as will raise new issues including drought, law and order situation in the state and failure of Make in India event, he added. Leader of Opposition in state legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, said that Fadnavis government failed to resolve drought situation and in his regime, police are not remain safe, these will be major issues.

“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held cabinet meeting at Latur on Friday. It was nothing but the eyewash as there was nothing new in his assurance given at the press conference,” he said.

The farmers need immediate help as unseasonal rain and hailstorm in part of North Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbh have ruined rabbi crop, Vikhe-Patil demanded.

“CM has not taken any cognizance of these affected farmers,” he added.

Girish Bapat, minister for parliamentary affairs, said that State government is ready to reply all issues that will be raised by opposition party members.

Chairman of Upper House Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar and Speaker of the Lower House Haribhau Bagade have called an all party joint meeting of leaders from both the houses on Tuesday. “They will mediate between ruling and opposition to conduct the business of the Houses properly,” said an official from the state legislature.

The budget would be presented on Friday, March 18 and it would be debated for seven days after its passage. The session is also expected to pass ten bills in the state assembly and council. The most important bill likely to come up relates to reforms in the land revenue laws.

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