Maharashtra CM meets MVA legislators ahead of budget session

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Mumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) Ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly's budget session next month, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has started meeting legislators of the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition.

The interaction assumes significance in the backdrop of possibility of an election to the Assembly Speaker's post during the budget session, scheduled to begin on March 1.

Congress's Nana Patole resigned from the Speaker's post on February 4 and later took charge as the state party president.

According to sources, Thackeray met the ruling coalition's legislators from Pune and Nagpur divisions over dinner at his official residence 'Varsha' in Mumbai on Tuesday night.

Nearly 70 per cent legislators from the two divisions were present as the meeting was convened at a short notice, a senior leader of the coalition told PTI on Wednesday.

'It was just an interaction with legislators.

Normally, it is a norm that chief ministers meet all ruling party legislators. This is for the first time Thackeray undertook such an exercise,' he said.

State Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is an NCP leader, and PWD Minister Ashok Chavan of the Congress were also present in the meeting as representatives of the their parties, which are part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).

'It was a general interaction with MLAs and MLCs of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress,' a source said.

Thackeray is scheduled to meet legislators from the Amravati and Aurangabad divisions on Wednesday night and lawmakers from the Nashik and Konkan divisions, including Mumbai, on Thursday. PTI MR GK GK