MUMBAI: The State government is considering a proposal to hold the monsoon session in Nagpur, the second capital of the State. The final decision would be taken in the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the assembly whether the monsoon session of the State legislature should be held either in Mumbai or Nagpur from July 4.
State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat said that all the parties are in favour of having the monsoon session in Nagpur, but it should be decided in a meeting unanimously.
As per convention, the winter session of the State legislature is held in Nagpur, whereas the monsoon and Budget sessions are convened in Mumbai.
Bapat said that the government received a request from some legislatures to hold the monsoon session in Nagpur and the government is also contemplating it. "During the winter session in Mumbai, the assembly functions for very few days. Instead of that, if the monsoon session is held in Nagpur, then the days of the work may be increased. Also, in Mumbai, during monsoon, there are many problems while commuting and many officials and employees are not able to reach office. Whereas in Nagpur, the monsoon is not so heavy," said Bapat.
Manikrao Thakare, Vice President of the Legislative Council, said that as per the Nagpur pact, only one session is mandatory in Nagpur. "If the monsoon session is held in Nagpur, it can function for more days. Congress leader and ex-chief minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh was also considering this option," Thakare said.
The leader of opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said, "There is no objection if the monsoon session is held in Nagpur, but the decision should be taken with the consent of all party leaders."
Sudhir Mungantiwar also said that if all party leaders agree, then the session can be held in Nagpur.