The upcoming budget session of the state legislature is likely to see an unprecedented security cover. The Budget Session which starts off on March 19 is expected to have tight security in the wake of the Pune blasts and heightened threat perception.
All vehicles, including cars of ministers and legislators, may be barred from entering the Vidhan Bhavan premises. The only exception to this security rule may be the vehicles of VVIPs like Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and the speaker and chairman of the Lower and the Upper House. This was discussed at a meeting called by Chavan on Wednesday. “It was suggested that cars should be barred from entry to the Vidhan Sabha. We should cut down number of visitors to the legislature,’’ said Bhujbal.
“There is a threat perception and everyone knows that Vidhan Bhavan is a possible target. There was a security discussion but we are yet to take a formal decision,’’ said Chairman of the Upper House, Shivajirao Deshmukh. Walse Patil told HT that a formal decision would be announced soon.