PORVORIM: Notwithstanding to the opposition demand to curtail the upcoming Budget Session of the State Legislative Assembly by two day in view of Municipal election, the State government has decided to hold session as per schedule, beginning from March 24.
The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the State Assembly met today under chairmanship of Speaker Rajesh Patnekar. During the meeting, the United Opposition submitted in writting that the session, scheduled for 13 working days, be curtailed to only two days in view of Municipal Election.
However, the government is firm to go ahead with 13-days session with passing of the full-fledged Budget, which would be tabled in the House on march 24.
Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant said that the opposition are requesting to take session for only two days where as we have called for 13 days session.
” Budget is constitutional right and it is for entire state. We will go as per schedule,” he said.
Sawant informed that he will present the Budget on first day of session that is on March 24 and full budget will be passed in this session only.
The Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat said that the CM can present budget without assurances and than adjourned the session.
“The Budget can be taken it again after election is over,” he said.
While the elections of six Municipalities and Panaji City Corporation is scheduled on March 20, the election schedule of five Municipalities, which were caught in litigation, is yet to be announced.
The Goa Forward Party President Vijai Sardesai said that all opposition MLAs have given written representations before BAC that they should take vote on account on first day and than adjourned the session till elections are over as assurances given in budget and on discusion on demand will affect voting.
“But Govt not ready to listen,” he said.
MGP MLA Ramakrishna Dhavalikar said that the opposition will approach the Goa Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and State Election Commission requesting adjournment of session.
The Session will conclude on April 16.