Mumbai : Setting a new precedent, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena alliance accorded a Guard of Honour to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao in the forecourt of Vidhan Bhavan as he arrived in the morning for his joint address to both the houses of the state legislature on the eve of budget session.
As the Governor arrived he was greeted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade, Council Chairman Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Girish Bapat with a bouquet. Later the contingent of Mumbai Police gave him the Guard of Honour and the Police Band played the National Anthem.
Having learnt lessons from last year’s budget session when opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) members had tried to block the Governors entry into the Vidhan Bhavan, this time a security cordon of women security guards was deployed around the main entrance to prevent any opposition members from blocking Governor entering the Vidhan Bhavan.
Another new precedent that was set was that at the end of the Governors joint address to both the houses of the state legislature at Vidhan Bhavans Central Hall, Minister for Parlimentary Affairs, Girish Bapat, proposed Vote of Thanks for the Governors address.