The two week’s monsoon session of the state assembly is going to see an aggressive opposition taking on Maharashtra’s Democratic Front government on a range of issues, including price rise, the boundary dispute with Karnataka and the Pune blast probe. The two week’s monsoon session of the state assembly is going to see the opposition taking on the state DF government on various issues, one being the price rise of fuel price hike over which opposition parties staged a successful shutdown on July 5. Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse, who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party, has already announced that he would seek answers from the ruling party over rising prices which have hit the common man hard. Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray also said his party would take up the inflation issue in the assembly, along with all the non-Congress and non-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) parties which were united in the shutdown last week. Another issue which cropped up just a few days before the session is the central government’s stance on the boundary dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka. It has termed as “unjustified” Maharashtra’s claim of 814 villages with a majority Marathi-speaking population in the Karnataka districts of Belgaum, Bidar, Gulbarga and Karwar. Though Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has sought to downplay the developments, the opposition has already protested against the central government’s viewpoint. Another important issue that promises fireworks is the debacle of the Best of Five formula for the state board’s Class 10 students, which has put a question mark over the admission process for junior colleges. Parliamentary affairs minister Harshawardhan Patil has said the government would introduce eight bills during the monsoon session.
August 16, 2009