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PTI mumbai India
Updated: 19-11-2018 18:54 IST

Leaders of opposition Congress

and NCP Monday called on Governor Vidyasagar Raoandurged 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 here Monday.

The session, which will concludeon 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 byLeader 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 saidthe

government has tabled supplementary demands to the tune of Rs

20,000 crore and these demands need to be discussed


"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


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