The fortnight-long winter session of Maharashtra Legislature beginning tomorrow is all set to be a stormy one with the opposition gearing up to take on the government on various issues like Adarsh housing scam, Lavasa lake city and plight of farmers due to unseasonal rains. Industries Minister Narayan Rane will be the target of the Shiv Sena attack over allegations of land grabbing in Western Maharashtra.
Rane, who was the Revenue Minister in the previous Ashok Chavan cabinet, had decided to levy penalty and regularise the construction at Lavasa. The Union Environment Ministry has served a showcause notice to both Lavasa and Adarsh society for violating environment protection and forest conservation acts. To add to the embarrassment of the Prithviraj Chavan government, key papers regarding the Adarsh case have gone missing from the Urban development ministry. An FIR has been lodged and an internal departmental enquiry has also been instituted.
Chavan had asked his ministers to survey the damages to the crops in north Maharashtra, Konkan and Marathwada to prepare the compensation package. The session in Nagpur will also be testing time for the Opposition unity especially after the results which will be declared tomorrow. Differences cropped up between Shiv Sena and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse over the recent biennial elections to the Legislative council.
BJP fielded Khadse's son Nikhil from the Jalgaon local bodies seat while Sena strongman from the district Suresh Jain has thrown his weight behind independent candidate Manish Jain, who is the son of NCP MP Ishwarlal Jain. Election to the Deputy Speaker's post will also be held since the incumbent Madhukar Chavan was inducted into the Prithviraj Chavan cabinet. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshvardhan Patil said Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil will announce the programme for the Deputy Speaker's election in the first week itself.
He said the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) has finalised the business for ten days. The next BAC meeting will be held on December 9. He said 17 bills including the SEZ bill will come up for discussions during the session. He said there are 11 new bills and five pending ones. The supplementary demands would also be passed.
Patil said the government is willing to discuss any issue raised by the government. "On Thursday, a discussion from the Opposition side will be listed for debate while on Tuesday next week, there will be a debate from the ruling side," he added.