- MAHARASHTRA BUDGET SESSION COMMENCES WITH GOVERNOR’S SPEECH
The Maharashtra Budget Session 2016 commenced with the Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao address. The Governor said that the Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast would be completed by 2019. He also announced that construction would begin on the Balasaheb Thackeray memorial at Dadar and Gopinath Munde memorial in Aurangabad. The Governor said that the govt. is serious about and sensitive to the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute. He also spoke about a vigorous Make in Maharashtra campaign to boost industrialization. Maharashtra Coastal Industrial Policy has been formulated to harness the immense economic potential of coastal areas. The opposition criticized the announcements.
- BILL AGAINST DANCE BARS IN BUDGET SESSION : DEVENDRA FADAVNIS
Expressing the determination to prevent dance bars from operating in the state, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that his government would bring a Bill in the ensuing budget session in this regard. CM Fadnavis hinted at installation of CCTV cameras in dance bars to record the performances. Leader of the Opposition in state assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil alleged that the government had an understanding with dance bar owners and was not in favour of banning the bars.
- 1053 VILLAGES IN MAHARASHTRA ANNOUNCED DROUGHT HIT
The Maharashtra government has announced 1,053 villages falling in Ahmadnagar and Solapur to be facing drought situation for the ongoing Rabbi season. Relief and rehabilitation minister Eknath Khadse announced several measures decided by cabinet in a last night decision to curb the crisis. The decisions include exemptions from land related taxes, school examination fees, discounts on bills of agriculture pump bills, restructuring of loans and stay on debt recovery.
Meanwhile, leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil countered the claims of the state.
- OPPN DEMANDS VINOD TAWDE’S HEAD FOR HOLDING POST IN FOR-PROFIT FIRM
The Congress and NCP demanded immediate resignation of education minister Vinod Tawde for holding a post in a for-profit company. CM Devendra Fadnavis, however, strongly defended Tawde by raking up the National Herald issue. Dissatisfied with the CM’s response, Congress condemned it.
- OPPOSITION DEMANDS ARREST OF RAJ THACKERAY
A day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s provocative speech asking party workers to torch autos with new permits, a united opposition demanded his arrest for inciting violence against migrants from north Indian states. Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde said that they will not allow anyone to take law and order in his or her own hands.
In the first week, matters ranging from drought mitigation, farmer suicides to attacks on police force, reservation and dance bar ban were on the Opposition’s agenda. Opposition leaders Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of Assembly and Dhananjay Munde of Council tried their best to not let the state government go in session. Zeba Warsia, NMTV News.