Mumbai: Lokmat, Maharashtra’s Number 1 newspaper and new no 1 in Pune organized Lokmat Vidhimandal Puraskar to once again recognize the efforts and noteworthy contribution of Legislators in the state of Maharashtra in presence of Chief Minister of State – Shri Devendra Fadnavis.
The legislators from the State Legislative Assembly and the State Legislative Council were honored by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Other dignitaries present were Legislative council chairman – Shri Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Assembly Speaker – Shri Haribhau Bagde, Finance Minister of State – Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister of State – Shri Girish Bapat, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly – Shri Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, State Transport Minister – Shri Divakar Rao, NCP State President and Shri Jayant Patil and famous legal adviser – Shri Ujjwal Nikam.
The awards were given across four categories to the best and the most deserving legislators of Maharashtra.
Vidhi Mandal Puraskar Awardees – 2018:
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Chairman of State Legislative Council – Shri Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar and the speaker of State Legislative Assembly – Shri Harubhau Bagde
Best Studied Orater MLC – State Legislative Council: Congress MLC – Shri Sanjay Dutt
Best Studied Orater MLA – State Legislative Assembly: BJP MLA – Shri Ashish Shelar
Best Woman MLC – State Legislative Council: NCP MLC – Smt Vidya Chavan
Best Woman MLA – State Legislative Assembly: Congress MLA – Smt Yashomati Thakur
Best First Time MLC – State Legislative Council: BJP MLC – Shri Anil Sole
Best First Time MLA – State Legislative Assembly: Shiv Sena MLA – Shri Sunil Prabhu
Speaking at the award ceremony and Lokmat’s initiative, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “I would like to thank Lokmat Media Group for this initiative to recognize the efforts of elected representatives. Every party leader tries to do the right thing for the state in conforming to their assigned role. In Maharashtra every leader freely expresses their honest views in the House which is unlike other states where squabbles also happen. Also beyond the House each leader maintains a cordial relation and doesn’t behave as enemies. I request media houses to highlight the healthy debate which goes on for hours more than only the pandemonium in the beginning.”
During the award ceremony, eminent lawyer Advocate Shri Ujjwal Nikam hosted ‘Lokmat ki Adalat.’ He raised objections, levelled allegations and questioned finance and planning Minister – Shri Sudhir Nungantiwar, Shiv Sena’s senior leader and transport Minister Diwakar Raote, leader of Opposition in State Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP State President Jayant Patil.
“The Parliament and the State Legislatures are looked upon as the temples of democracy. Many important laws for the welfare of the people are passed here. The Maharashtra Legislature has set standards for other legislatures in the country to follow. With such initiatives we at Lokmat wish to uphold the importance of democracy by honoring the contribution and efforts of the legislators of Maharashtra. This goes with our ethos of the organization as we believe in highlighting good work done by all segments of society.” said Rishi Darda, Joint MD & Editorial Director, Lokmat Media Group.
The award ceremony witnessed huge crowd and the power packed discussion between politicians on issues impacting the country.