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Maharashtra monsoon session starts today: 5 issues that will dominate the discussions

HT looks at five issues that are likely to dominate the two week long proceedings

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2017 17:31 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
Ketaki Ghoge
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Maharashtra monsoon session,CM Devendra Fadnavis
Ministers arrive on the first day of the monsoon session on Monday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

As the monsoon session of the state legislature takes off today, HT looks at five issues that are likely to dominate the two week long proceedings :

1.Ruckus over farm loan waiver: The Opposition is likely to make noise and create ruckus over implementation of the promised Rs36,000 crore farm loan waiver by the Fadnavis-led government. While the government has promised to implement the scheme in a month, the procedure which includes filing of an online application form by farmers is likely to take more time. The Opposition will also slam the state for poor implementation of the initial Rs10,000 as kharif loan promised to all farmers

2.State finances in poor shape: The state is expected to table a substantially heavy supplementary budget to make provision for the farm loan waiver. With the loan waiver burden the state will have to implement 30 per cent cut in development funds and put an embargo on several development projects. The Opposition is expected to take on the government on the issue of state’s poor finances in this session.

Read: After budget session, farm loan waiver to be at the centre of Maharashtra’s monsoon session too

3.Slum Rehabilitation projects scam and others: The allegations of irregularities and largesse to certain developers in slum redevelopment projects is also likely to get flagged in the legislature. The Opposition has planned to target state housing minister Prakash Mehta on the issue, besides former SRA chief Vishwas Patil. The Opposition also plans to highlight irregularities and alleged corruption in different schemes including Fadnavis’ favourite Jalyukt Shivar or the Drought Free Village scheme and the Pankaja Munde-led women and child development department’s take home rations scheme for children.

4.Potholes, tree falls, rain havoc and RJ Malishka: Mumbai’s opposition as well as BJP legislators plan to corner the Sena by raising issues pertaining to the Mumbai civic body’s poor rain preparedness.This includes accidents and deaths due to tree falls, potholes and slowing traffic as well as RJ Malishka’s rap song and controversy.

5.Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse’s comeback or exile will be sealed in this session: With the state government expected to table the Justice Zoting Commission report into the alleged irregularities and impropriety by Khadse as former revenue minister in a Pune land deal, the senior BJP leader’s political future may get decided in these two weeks. If the report gives him a clean chit, Khadse may make a comeback to the cabinet. If the report passes strictures but does not recommend criminal action, the former minister may still continue to be in political exile.

Read: Why making farmers fill forms to get loan waiver, Congress, NCP ask Maharashtra government

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 14:35 IST