All eyes on first Budget session of  Maha Vikas Aghadi govt

Monday, 24 February 2020

“The Maha Vikas Aghadi government was formed on November 28, but is still a directionless and U-turn government. We are in no mood to attend the tea party of the State government,” Devendra Fadnavis said.

MUMBAI: BJP, the main opposition party in the State is all set to corner the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the Assembly session on issues related to CAA, NPR and NRC.  

The session of Maharashtra Legislature will begin on February 24. The first Budget session of the Thackeray government is expected to be a challenging one. 

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray countered allegations by Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis, saying the government will fulfil the expectations of the people. 

“We are not bound to answer the opposition, but we are responsible to the people,” said Thackeray. 

He said the first list of the farm loan waivers will be declared on the first day of the Budget session.

The BJP has decided to table a proposal supporting the CAA and NRC. This will again widen the rift among the three alliance partners as Shiv Sena has already shown support to the CAA and NRC after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday.

The BJP is all set to corner the Thackeray government on issues of farm loan waiver, financial help to farmers who are facing losses due to excessive rain, atrocities on women, law and order situation in the State, and interference in the police department. It will be interesting to see how the Congress and NCP help the CM Thackeray in the Assembly.

Fadnavis said there is no coordination among the three partners. The Shiv Sena supports the NRC and CAA, while Congress is opposing it and the NCP has not expressed its opinion on the issue. “This is a clear sign that these three parties came together only for power,” said Fadnavis. “Only for power Shiv Sena quit the ideology,” he alleged.

Fadnavis, however, appreciated Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s stand on CAA and NRC. He also congratulated the chief minister over handing of the Bhima-Koregaon probe to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).  

“The government is not on the right track as it is still struggling to find a way. They have not yet fulfilled any assurance given to the people,” Fadnavis said.

“This government is only busy in reverting decisions of the earlier government. Instead of that, the government should publish a ‘white paper’ on the financial condition of the government from 2009 to 2019,” he advised.  

Thackeray countered the allegations by saying that the government is sensitive about atrocities against women. “This government is going to pass the Disha Act on lines of Andhra Pradesh to punish offenders of such cases,” the CM said.

While talking about farm loan waiver, the CM assured that the MVA government will complete the loan waiver procedure in three months. “The earlier government had taken eight months to implement the scheme and it is still going on,” said Thackeray.

“The BJP does not need to worry about the government and coordination among us. I have not handed over the Bhima-Koregaon probe to the NIA, but the Central government asked to do so,” Thackeray clarified. “There is proper coordination among the allies in power and we are working together for the people,” he added. 

Fadnavis announced boycott of the customary tea party on the eve of the Budget session.

“The Maha Vikas Aghadi government was formed on November 28, but is still a directionless and U-turn government. We are in no mood to attend the tea party of the State government,” he said.

“An invitation to the opposition for tea is for better communication. But I think it is the Sena, Congress and NCP which need to improve their communication first. They have not implemented a single promise, very clearly showing that all these were false promises,” Fadnavis added.

The MVA government has scrapped the earlier government’s decision to elect sarpanch directly from among the voters. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari advised the government to table a proper bill in the House and open it for debate. One more bill to be presented in the House on the same lines is that of the election of the mayor from among the corporators. Another important bill is that of Disha Act. The government is going to introduce a bill that will punish offenders involved in crimes against women in 21 days. Apart from the bills, the government is going to table six government resolutions to pass in the Assembly session.

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