Leaders of opposition Congress and NCP Monday called on Governor Vidyasagar Rao and urged him to prevail upon the BJP-led government in Maharashtra to extend the duration of the winter session of the legislature.
The two-week winter session commenced in Mumbai on Monday. The session, which will conclude on November 30, will have only eight working days.
A Congress-NCP delegation met Rao and pressed for extension of the winter session, being held in Mumbai after 57 years. The winter session is generally held in Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra.
The delegation was led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil (Congress) and his Council counterpart Dhananjay Munde (NCP).
Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan of the Congress, NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil were prominent among those present at the meeting with Rao.
Talking to reporters, Vikhe-Patil said there are several pressing issues before the state which need to be discussed in the legislature and eight days are too short for deliberations on them in both Houses.
Congress leader Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan said the government has tabled supplementary demands to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore and these demands need to be discussed threadbare.
“We told the governor that various issues related to reservations, farmers, drought also need to be discussed in the legislature to provide relief to the citizens.
“Eight days’ time is too little for highlighting the pressing issues on the floor of the legislature. The duration (of winter session) should be extended by at least two weeks,” Khan said.
The Congress MLA claimed the Governor assured the delegation that he would speak to the chief minister in this regard.