TN budget to be presented on March 15

The first budget of the Tamil Nadu government after last year's merger of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minsiter O Panneerselvam-led AIADMK camps will be presented on March 15.

Speaker P Dhanapal has summoned the House to meet at 10.30 AM on March 15 when the Budget for the 2018-19 fiscal will be presented, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Assembly, K Srinivasan said in an official release.

Last year, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who then held the Finance portfolio presented the budget, which was also the first one of the Palaniswami-led government.

Palaniswami assumed office and won a trust vote in the assembly last February when Panneerselvam and his loyalists were in the rival camp.

Last August, both camps came together easing out jailed leader V K Sasikala and her kin, including her nephew T T V Dhinakaran from the party.

In September 2017, as many as 18 dissident MLAs belonging to the Dhinakaran camp were disqualified by the Speaker and the matter is now in the Madras High Court.

The Assembly first met this year in January when Governor Banwarilal Purohit made his maiden address to the House.

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