Maharashtra Legislative Assembly monsoon session begins today

The ruling government in Maharashtra aims to present the state budget on June 18 ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls

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The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Monsoon session is set to begin on Monday, a day after the cabinet expansion of the state government was carried out. Along with former Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, several leaders were inducted in the cabinet and were assigned portfolios. 


In what will be the last legislative assembly session for the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls, Congress is missing its group leader as the party - on central and state level - still struggles to recover from a huge defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 


Congress is disorganised in Maharashtra following the resignation of its senior leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil after the 2019 LS poll results. On Sunday, Patil was inducted in the state cabinet and was given Housing portfolio. Earlier, Patil had also resigned from his legislative position. 


While talking to the reporters on Sunday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that the almost three-week-long monsoon session aims to discuss and clear a total of 28 bills.


Of the 28 bills, almost 15 bills from before are yet to be cleared in the assembly - the discussion on 12 of them is pending in Legislative assembly while three bills in Legislative council. 


During this course, the state budget will also be presented before the legislative assembly on June 18 along with the discussion on the long-pending demands of the Dhangar community for reservation under Schedule Tribe (ST) category. 


The Maharashtra government refrained from presenting the budget in the previous assembly session keeping in mind the national elections. However, the state government will present the same ahead of Maharashtra assembly elections which are scheduled in September or October this year. 

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