The winter session of the state government started today in Nagpur. The opposition is all set to attack the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan led democratic front government on various fronts during the two week session. NMTV Managing Editor Zeba Warsia sums up the issues in this report. The Winter Session commenced in Nagpur and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who completes a year in office this week will face a stormy winter session of the state legislature. Post-26/11, Ashok Chavan replaced Vilasrao Deshmukh as the CM and after the recent assembly elections; he was re-nominated to the post by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. In the next two weeks the first session of the 12th State Legislative Assembly will test Ashok Chavan’s political acumen as throughout the two weeks the Opposition as well as Ashok Chavan’s rivals in the ruling Democratic Front will try to corner the government. After the first day, its was quite obvious that the Opposition is going to attack the government “for its failure on several fronts”. The first day session saw the opposition raising the state’s failure on inflation, power cuts and farmers suicide. In the coming days of the session the CM and his political ally NCP will also have to be wary of an open clash, which might erupt between Raj Thackeray-led MNS and Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi. The decision to shift a Rs 300-crore orange processing unit from Amravati to Nanded may also spark fireworks. Besides this, the sessions will also see the introduction of about a dozen bills. The bill for prevention of loss or damage of property belonging to doctors and medical institutions will generate heated debate. There is a demand to pass similar bill for working journalists and media institutions to protect them against attacks. With bureau inputs, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
February 4, 2017