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Legislators to wind up by 2pm, watch match

No one wants to miss an India-Pakistan cricket match, especially a World Cup semi-final, not even your legislators.

mumbai Updated: Mar 30, 2011 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

No one wants to miss an India-Pakistan cricket match, especially a World Cup semi-final, not even your legislators.

Following demands by the legislators, it was decided to wind up the proceedings of the legislature by 2pm on Wednesday.

The proceedings usually wind up between 5pm and 7pm.

"It is big day for India, but at the same time, the session is also important. We have decided to complete the day's work by 2pm," said Harshwardhan Patil, parliamentary affairs minister, on Tuesday.

Even while making the budgetary speeches, members kept making references to the Mohali match.

“It is one of the biggest matches in recent times and the state should wrap up the session fast so that we can go home and watch it,” said Divakar Raote, Shiv Sena legislator.

Congress legislator Rajhans Singh added: “It is moment of pride for India and given the fan following commanded by the game, it is okay.”

Some politicians would also be flying to Mohali on Wednesday to watch India take on Pakistan.

“The India-Pakistan match is… more exciting than even the World Cup final. I have to be at the stadium to watch it,” said Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Vinod Tawde.

Others who are likely to be rushing to Mohali include, public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal and Nationalist Congress Party MPs Supriya Sule and Sameer Bhujbal.

On Monday, Opposition leader Eknath Khadse from the BJP, made the demand for declare Saturday a half-day to allow the legislators to watch the match.

The state administration had not given any concession to the staff though senior officials expect many employees to punch out early.

“Since attendance is almost compulsory when the session of the legislature is on, we don't expect many staff members to take a leave. However, it is natural that they would try and go home early to watch the match. Given the excitement, we would not be harsh on them,” said a senior state official, who did not want to be identified for protocol reasons.