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Gehlot read old budget speech in assembly today

Updated: February 10, 2023 2:35 pm

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot read the old budget speech in the assembly today. He kept reading the old budget for about 6 minutes, then Water Supply Minister Mahesh Joshi came and said something in the CM’s ear and he stopped. Gehlot’s speech stopped, and the opposition started a ruckus.

This has happened for the first time in history, when the old budget speech has been read out in an assembly, and due to strong uproar, the proceedings of the House had to be stopped twice. When CM Gehlot stood up for the budget speech for the third time, he apologized. He said, I feel sorry for whatever happened.

The opposition members came to the well of the House, creating a huge ruckus. The opposition also alleged that the chief minister read the old budget. The proceedings were adjourned due to heavy uproar. After this, the Chief Minister summoned Chief Secretary Usha Sharma and expressed displeasure over the negligence of the officers.

Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said on the budget controversy that the budget is a very important document and when I was the Chief Minister, I used to read the budget two-three times. Targeting Ashok Gehlot, she said that the Chief Minister, who can be negligent in such a big document, you can understand how safe the state is under his rule.

Due to the uproar, the Speaker had to go out of the House and the proceedings had to be adjourned for half an hour. Whereas the opposition sat in the well of the House. They allege that the budget has been leaked. CM was reading the old budget only. This is a big mistake in the budget history of Rajasthan.

The opposition alleges that the CM had started reading the old budget. The opposition objected to this. After this, the officials associated with the Finance Department ran to bring a copy of the budget.

Leader of Opposition Gulabchand Kataria said that after reading wrongly for a few minutes, a third person came and told that he was reading wrongly. The budget has been leaked, the budget is confidential and how did its copy reach anyone other than the CM. A third person came and told the CM, how did a third person know about this budget? If you want to respect the House, then this budget should be presented separately on the second day. Today’s incident has put democracy to shame.

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