AHEAD of the Budget Session of Maharashtra Assembly, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a closed door meeting with NCP President Sharad Pawar and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar at his official residence here on Sunday.
The leaders arrived at a consensus on communicating to the Centre about “objectionable parts” of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a senior State leader said. This comes against the backdrop of Thackeray’s recent statement that he had no problems with the NPR and nobody should be afraid over the CAA. The Sena’s stand appeared at variance with that of the NCP and the Congress, which are its alliance partners in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi Government.
The meeting, held at the CM’s official residence ‘Varsha’ on Sunday, focused on two issues - implementation of the CAA, NPR and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State, and the Budget Session beginning on Monday, the leader said. “There has been a consensus on communicating to the Centre about objectionable parts of the CAA, NPR and NRC. The leaders also discussed the possible issues which may be raised in the Budget Session.
The three-party Government is trying to avoid issues that would hamper the coalition during the Budget session,” the leader said on condition of anonymity. BJP boycotts customary tea party: Senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday announced the boycott of the customary tea party of the State Government on the eve of the Budget session. The Budget session will begin on Monday and continue till March 20. “The Maha Vikas Aghadi Government was formed on November 28 but is still a directionless and U-turn Government.
We are in no mood to attend the tea party of the State Government,” Fadnavis said. “An invitation to the Opposition for tea is for better communication. But I think it is the Sena, Congress and NCP which need to improve their communication first. They have not implemented a single promise, very clearly showing that all these were false promises,” Fadnavis added.