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NCP MLAs to skip assembly on Pawar's b'day

A special chartered flight will take NCP legislators and a majority of its ministers from Nagpur to Delhi and get them back by evening, reports Ketaki Ghoge.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 21:30 IST

On Tuesday when the State Legislature opens for day's proceedings many of the treasury benches are likely to be empty.

As NCP head honcho Sharad Pawar celebrates his 66 th birthday on December 12, ministers from the Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil to finance minister Jayant Patil will give the assembly session a miss or skip majority of the day's work to wish their Chief.

A special chartered flight will take NCP legislators and a majority of its ministers from Nagpur to Delhi and get them back by evening.

"A majority of our legislators and ministers will go to Delhi on Tuesday. We are planning a special flight for the same and those who are interested can sign up," said Nawab Malik, NCP's Mumbai president and legislator.

On occasion of his birthday, the DF government has ensured that Pawar inaugurates the office of special commissioner at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi. The Rs 44-lakh office for hospitality in Delhi of Maharashtrian guests was not unaccounted for in the annual budget. This expenditure was pushed through in the Supplementary budget tabled in the State Assembly just last week.

Both Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil will be present at this function.

Last year, civil aviation minister Praful Patel, as a sign of increasing clout of NCP and its leader, has announced inauguration of international flights from Pune on occasion of Pawar's birthday.

This year celebrations for Pawar's birthday in Mumbai took off on Sunday and will go on for a week. The cost of the week-long celebrations is pegged at over Rs 80 lakh. The celebrations will include medical camps, organising of kabbadi and cricket matches at state and district level.

The party and Pawar Charitable Trust also donated fully equipped 12 ambulances to the city at the hands of Pawar's daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Supriya Sule. The party also announced a health programme for one lakh women to tackle 'Anaemia' including free medical check-ups and treatment.