Uddhav Thackeray suspects ‘early polls’ behind move of monsoon session to Nagpur

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray suspects ‘early polls’ behind move of monsoon session to Nagpur

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said the Maharashtra government’s decision to hold this year’s monsoon session of the state legislature in Nagpur instead of Mumbai hints at a possibility of early polls.

As per convention, the monsoon session is held in Mumbai and winter session in Nagpur.

“The BJP is keen on holding the monsoon session in Nagpur because the party is planning early polls in December instead of May 2019 as per the timetable, so that they may announce some package and perks,” a Sena leader said.

In a departure from convention, the monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature will be held in Nagpur from July 4 to July 20.

The schedule was finalised in the meetings of the business advisory committees of both houses of the legislature on Tuesday.

Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra, hosts the winter session of the state legislature every year, while monsoon and budget sessions are held in Mumbai.

The speculations about early polls have been doing the rounds since many weeks.

The Last Assembly elections were held in October 2014 in Maharashtra.

A sizeable group of farmers who cultivate Rabi crops would be busy in sowing, so there will be little unrest against the government, said a political observer on the possibility of early polls.

As compared with summer, winter is bearable in Maharashtra where overall sentiment is not against the government, the observer added.

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