SRINAGAR: The death of CM Mufti Mohd Sayeed has also lead to the cancellation of a historic budget session called by the government from January 18 which would have been longest in the state. This session was to be 52 days long with 36 sittings but had to be cancelled as there is no popular government in the place since January 7. Reluctance of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to take over as CM forced the Speaker to call of the session. The new budget session would now be called by the next government after the swearing in ceremony. However, the business of the house, questions from members, and private members’ bills can remain the same.
Around 1100 questions have been submitted by 63 members of the assembly out of which 600 are starred, and rest unstarred. A number of private members’ resolutions and bills have also been submitted by members. An MLA of the assembly can submit 20 questions. State governor NN Vohra has also said that the budget session will now be called by the new government.
The budget was scheduled to be presented on January 22 by finance minister Haseeb Drabu, who had completed the entire budget exercise. It now remains to be seen whether he retains the finance portfolio or there is another minister in his place which might require the entire process to be repeated.