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42 Maharashtra MLAs off on Europe tour
October 03, 2006 13:20 IST
Forty-two Maharashtra legislators, including seven of Shiv Sena, are heading for Europe on a 15-day tour to study parliamenary systems.
Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who had earlier opposed Sena legislators' inclusion in the tour in the backdrop of "dire financial situation" in the state, has given his go-ahead for it, after being persuaded by senior party leaders.
The tour, covering Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, is being organised to study parliamentary practices in these countries and also to give the legislators a first hand experience of the development scenario in Europe.
The legislators, accompanied by two senior state legislature secretariat officials, would leave from Mumbai at 0030 hours on Wednesday, a Vidhan Bhavan official told PTI in Mumbai on Tuesday.
They would return on October 19. The legislators would also visit the headquarters of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in London.
"The visit will enhance the legislators' awareness about modern parliamentary procedures," the official said. Legislators of all political parties, including independents, are participating in this Europe trip.