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THE 51-day budget session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly will begin tomorrow with formal address by Governor Balram Jakhar. The session, scheduled to conclude on April 5, will have a total of 31 sittings, during which Finance Minister Raghavji will present the State Budget for the year 2006-07.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 16:45 IST

THE 51-day budget session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly will begin tomorrow with formal address by Governor Balram Jakhar. The session, scheduled to conclude on April 5, will have a total of 31 sittings, during which Finance Minister Raghavji will present the State Budget for the year 2006-07.

Raghavji will be presenting the budget for the third time in a row, though the State has seen as much as three chief ministers— Uma Bharti, Babulal Gaur and Shivraj Singh Chouhan — since the BJP came to power in December 2003.

The budget session is likely to be stormy with the main opposition Congress gearing up to unleash an onslaught on the BJP government on crucial issues of ‘deteriorating law and order’, attacks on minorities and changing the name of the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme launched on February 2.

The BJP government is likely to announce its switchover to Value Added Tax (VAT) regime along with the abolition of Central Sales Tax in phases. The Assembly’s winter session, which commenced on December 23, concluded on January 6.

Chouhan, who assumed power on November 29 last year, is yet to get elected to the Assembly. He is at present an MP from Vidisha.

Tight security arrangements have been made in and around the Assembly building atop the Arera Hills.