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Aizawl: The Budget session of Mizoram Assembly will be held from February 7 to February 28, Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo said on Saturday.

The budget session will start with the customary address by Mizoram Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati on February 7.

As decided by the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who also holds the finance portfolio, would present the state annual budget for fiscal 2023-2024 on February 13, he said. 

Election to the post of Deputy Speaker will be held on the second day after deliberation of the motion of thanks on the governor’s address, he said.

The election of deputy speaker was necessitated by the resignation of Lalrinawma as deputy speaker and his subsequent induction as a minister in Zoramthanga’s cabinet in December last year. Along with Lalrinawma three ministers of state were also elevated to cabinet ministers on December 20

According to Sailo, the assembly secretariat has so far received more than 800 starred questions, 200 unstarred questions, a government bill and several papers to be tabled during the budget session.

When asked about former minister and sitting MLA Dr K Beichhua, who was recently expelled from the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), Sailo said he would discuss with the MLA on his choice of bench where he will sit.

In the present 40-member assembly, the ruling MNF has 28 members, while main opposition party Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) has 6 members, Congress 5 and BJP 1.

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