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Gujarat Budget Session begins amid pandemonium

Our Bureau Gandhinagar | Updated on February 19, 2018 Published on February 19, 2018

Nitin Patel

A month-long Budget Session of the 14th Gujarat Vidhan Sabha, the first after its election in December 2017, commenced amid raucous scenes here on Monday.

Finance Minister Nitin Patel will table the State Budget for 2018-19 in the House on Tuesday.

The first day of the Session saw sloganeering and adjournments with the Opposition MLAs trooping into the well of the House, forcing Governor O P Kohli to shorten his speech, which was later deemed read.

The House also formally elected its new Speaker, Rajendra Trivedi, who represents Vadodara in the Vidhan Sabha..

Earlier, the Governor inaugurated the reconstructed Assembly building, amid elaborate rituals of a Puja and a havan.

Raising slogans, Congress MLAs demanded resignation of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani over a range of issues, including immolation of Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar, water shortage in the Narmada River and agrarian issues.

The Budget Session, which will run until March 28, is likely to clear around half-a-dozen bills.

The ruling BJP with its reduced number of 99 legislators is facing a resurgent Congress with 77 MLAs with vocal young leaders Paresh Dhanani, Leader of the Opposition, and others like Alpesh Thakore and Independent MLA Jignesh Mewani targeting the ruling party.

Published on February 19, 2018

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