Stormy Winter Session on cards from Dec 11

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Nov 2017 09:35:00


Staff Reporter,

13 new Bills to be tabled in winter session of Mah assembly

The two week long winter session of Maharashtra Legislature slated from December 11 at Nagpur is all set to be stormy affair as the opposition parties have decided to corner the BJP-Shiv Sena Government over farmers’ loan waiver issue and set the agenda with a grand rally set to storm the assembly on December 12 coinciding with birthday of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.

Predictably, the Opposition has demanded to extend session to four weeks evoking a similar sympathetic response from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat to utilise all 11 working days for productive use and to discuss issues of backward region of Vidarbha even by extending daily sitting time of both the houses.

The entire Session will be held in the backdrop of crucial Gujarat assembly elections. The results are expected on December 18 and till then, opposition has chalked out strategy to launch a daily attack against Devendra Fadnavis led BJP-Sena government. Issues like farm loan waiver, crashing farm prices, Maratha reservation and allegations of graft and abuse of power against some ministers will dominate the first week of legislative session and very little substantive business is expected.

The Government has also devised the counter strategy to defuse the attack. Fadnavis has started a new practice of holding district-wise meeting for 11 days to take stock of developmental works by inviting all elected representatives including MPs, MLAs, MLCs, ZP President, Mayor, all top officials which has been applauded by all politicians from Vidarbha.

This smart move has already created a pan-Vidarbha unity among legislators who are not happy with their Western Maharashtra leadership hell bent on adopting only belligerent tactics to disrupt proceedings.
The Congress and NCP had earlier decided to take out two separate rallies on December 11 and December 13 respectively.

But in the joint strategy meeting, leaders of both the parties decided to take a joint rally on December 12 which will be personally led by Sharad Pawar to launch a frontal attack against Government on loan waiver and price rise issues.
The political atmosphere in Maharashtra is on the boil following sharp attack by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray against the government over farmers’ loan waiver.
Besides, growing discontent among Sena ministers and legislators due to alleged raw deal to them had led to increase in sharp exchange of words between both the parties. Decision to induct Narayan Rane into NDA and eventually in Fadnavis Government, too has angered the Sena leadership, which ensured that council ticket is denied to Rane.

Pawar, himself toured the Vidarbha and Marathwada region during last two weeks and set the tone during Karjat conclave where he advised NCP leadership to adopt aggression against the Government and encash simmering discontent among rural population and farmers’. Congress, shedding its animosity towards NCP, has quickly decided to join its erstwhile alliance partner to turn the tide against the present ruling dispensation.

The business advisory committee (BAC) on Tuesday finalise the business of only two weeks and this decision has already come under a very sharp attack from opposition. Leader of Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde has demanded to hold an exhaustive discussion on Vijay Kelkar panel report on balanced development and demanded to extend term of session to four weeks.

The Government has proposed to table 13 new Bills. Besides, 11 ordinances will also be tabled for the approval of the House, as decided by the BAC, informed Girish
Bapat, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. Responding to Munde’s demand, Bapat said the BAC will meet once again on December 20 and the final decision on the
extension of the session will be taken.