Lokmat, a popular newspaper in Maharashtra, organised the Lokmat Vidhimandal Puraskar to once again recognise the efforts and noteworthy contribution of legislators in Maharashtra in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The legislators from the State Legislative Assembly and the State Legislative Council were honoured by Fadnavis. Other dignitaries present were Legislative Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar; Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde; Finance Minister of State Sudhir Mungantiwar; Parliamentary Affairs Minister of State Girish Bapat; Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil; State Transport Minister Divakar Rao; NCP State President Jayant Patil and legal adviser Ujjwal Nikam.
The awards were given across four categories to the most deserving legislators of Maharashtra.
Vidhi Mandal Puraskar Awardees - 2018:
Speaking at the award ceremony and Lokmatâs initiative, Chief Minister Fadnavis said, âI would like to thank Lokmat Media Group for this initiative to recognise 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. Also beyond the House, each leader maintains a cordial relation. I request media houses to highlight the healthy debate which goes on for hours.â
During the award ceremony, lawyer Advocate Ujjwal Nikam hosted âLokmat ki Adalat.â
âThe 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 honouring the contribution and efforts of the legislators of Maharashtra. This goes with our ethos of the organisation as we believe in highlighting good work done by all segments of society,â said Rishi Darda, Joint MD and Editorial Director, Lokmat Media Group.