The BJP government will present its first budget during the assembly session starting Monday. Being the second assembly session after the saffron party stormed to power in the state, the session is likely to witness fireworks from both the opposition and the treasury benches.
While the principal opposition group in the Vidhan Sabha, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) played a sort of "friendly match" with the treasury benches in the November 2014 session and targeted the Congress, it is expected to act in a more combative manner this time. The INLD, in its state executive meeting on Sunday, decided to raise the issue of non-implementation of Swaminathan report on the farm sector and amendments by the NDA regime in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act. The party is also demanding a compensation of `25,000 per acre for farmers whose crop has been damaged by rain and hailstorm.
The Congress, on the hand, has decided to gherao the Haryana assembly on Monday to protest against the land acquisition law. Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry said on Sunday that they would also raise questions in assembly on the false promises made by the Manohar Lal Khattar government.
However both Choudhry and Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, who jointly held a press conference on here, were at sea when asked about inequitable distribution of resources by their own government from 2005-2014, a fact made public by the white paper on state finances released by the BJP government.
While Tanwar said they will come out with a 'Janata ka white paper', Choudhry said that she will rebut the BJP's white paper with facts and figures in the assembly. When asked about the Congress strategy in the House, the she leader said that it will be decided in the CLP meeting on Monday.
The government will try to corner the Congress on the basis of facts released in the white paper on state finances. The new government has been extremely critical of the functioning and squandering of resources by the previous regime and will focus on their mismanagement and misdemeanors.
In the last budget presented in February 2014 by the Congress regime, the revenue deficit was `5612 crore (as per the revised estimates) primarily due to the pre-poll munificence shown by the Congress government. Then finance minister HS Chatha, who presented the 2014-15 budget, had estimated revenue expenditure to the tune of `52,702 crore, a hike of `6479 crore over the budget estimates he presented for 2013-14 fiscal. In comparison, the revenue receipts in 2014-15 were expected to register an increase of `3909 crore.
SESSION TO START WITH GUV'S ADDRESS
The session being the first of the year will begin with the governor's address on March 9, followed by obituary references and election of the deputy speaker of the Vidhan Sabha. The first report of the business advisory committee (BAC) which will decide the duration and final schedule of the session will be tabled thereafter. The budget is expected to be presented by finance minister Capt Abhimanyu on March 17.