Maha Assembly passes Appropriation Bill

Mumbai, March 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2006, 05:30am hrs
Maharashtra (supplementary) Appropriation Bill, 2006, was passed in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The House passed the Bill amid noisy scenes by opposition members, who raised slogans against the state government for flouting governor SM Krishnas directives on allocation of funds for backward regions in the state.

Immediately after finance minister Jayant Patil tabled the Bill in the House, BJP group leader in Assembly Gopinath Munde said the government should inform the House as to why the governor delayed signing the Bill.

Mr Munde said the government should also disclose on what conditions the governor had signed the Bill. He demanded the finance ministers resignation, saying he should apologise to the people of the state for trying to bring in the Bill without the governors consent.

Members from Khandesh, led by Suresh Jain (NCP), staged a sit-in inside the well of the house, demanding the provision of Rs 385 crore for the Khandesh region, as mentioned in the supplementary demands approved last week, be retained and not reduced to Rs 100 crore as reportedly advised by the governor.