Maharashtra budget to be presented on March 18

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2016 01:09 IST

The budget session of the Maharashtra legislature will start on March 9 and the state budget will be presented by finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on March 18.

The decision was taken in the meeting of Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the state legislature on Tuesday.

The second budget of the BJP government will be a tightrope walking for Mungantiwar as he will have to ensure adequate relief to the drought-affected areas, farmers hit with natural calamities and at the same time come up with new plans.

Just like the BJP government at the Centre, the state government too does not have majority in the upper house of the legislature and as such, Fadnavis government will have to bank on the divide within the opposition to push through its business in the legislative council.

State parliamentary affairs minister Girish Bapat said the BAC has decided to continue the business of both the Houses for five weeks till April 17. The BCAC is expected to meet again on April 7 to decide how long the session should continue.

According to the sources, it seems that the budget session will run for only 23 days as Ambedkar Jayanti falls on April 14, Ram Navami on April 15 after which there is Saturday and Sunday. “The decision is not final as BAC may decide extending the session for few more days,” the sources added.

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