Maharashtra Assembly approves budget without debate

Maharashtra Assembly approves budget without debate

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Mumbai, Feb 28 : The Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday approved the vote-on-account without any debate.

Later, Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP members Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil tabled their respective speeches on the interim budgetary provisions on the floor of the House.

The Appropriation Bill and vote-on-account were subsequently passed by a voice vote and without any debate.

Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) were also tabled. State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Wednesday presented an interim budget for 2019-20 having an estimated revenue deficit of Rs 19,784 crore and provision of special fund for farm loan waiver.

Earlier, as soon as the House assembled for the day on Thursday, NCP legislator Jitendra Awad urged the state CM Devendra Fadnavis to move a motion that the state, along with rest of the country, stood firmly behind the armed forces and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after air combat on Wednesday.

He said the state should lead by example and a one-line resolution about this should be sent to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, to be forwarded to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Meanwhile, before the session, talking to reporters Jeetendra Awad, NCP MLA said the state's ongoing budget session should not be curtailed due to threat perception amid rising Indo-Pak tensions.

"We need to show courage and poise by carrying out our daily functioning here. Winding up of the session in the name of security (threat) would give a wrong message," he said. UNI