Former chief minister of Maharashtra and Shiv Sena UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray is in Nagpur for the Maharashtra Assembly winter session. Though an MLC, he did not attend the Assembly but has been part of key Opposition strategy meetings.
Addressing media persons at the Radisson Blu hotel, Thackeray was asked to comment on the recent Maha Vikas Agadhi’s (MVA) protest march that was dubbed a “nano morcha” by Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. Taking potshots at Fadnavis’ weight, Thackeray replied to reporters’ queries saying, “ours was a Fadnavis-size morcha.”
The Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) Halla Bol rally was a 2.3 km long one which began near J J Hospital and concluded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Uddhav Thackeray, NCP’s Ajit Pawar, state Congress president Nana Patole and MLA Aaditya Thackeray were notably present in the rally, which was organised to target the Eknath Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for “insulting remarks” on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, for their stand on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute and for projects being shifted out of Maharashtra.
While Thackeray said he will attend the session, reports say he flew back to Mumbai on Tuesday night.
Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.
Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…
The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.
The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.
Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.
Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.
In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.
Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.
Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but
former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1.
There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget.
To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved
in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.
In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.
Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.
Watch the full video here:
PM Modi world’s most popular leader: Survey
A US-based firm Morning Consult released a list of world leaders trending on the basis of their approval ratings among 22 nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the most popular leader in the world with an approval rating of over 75% thus leaving behind US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
New Parliament building likely to open from January end; see latest pictures!
The Centre released the layout and latest photos of the newly built Parliament building on Friday that would likely house the second part of the budget session in January this year.
A part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, the new Parliament building is being constructed by Tata Projects Limited and is likely to be inaugurated in March this year. The new building features larger halls, a library, ample parking space, and committee rooms with state-of-the-art facilities.
Here’s the glimpse of the new building…