Maha Legislature presiding officers may visit St Petersburg

Mumbai, Presiding officers of the Maharashtra Legislature may visit the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, Mumbai's sister-city, to mark the 50th anniversary of relations between the two cities.

The officers evinced interest in visiting Russia during their recent meeting with Consul General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai, Andrei Zhiltsov.

 A Vidhan Bhawan official told PTI that Zhiltsov met Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde and Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar at the Vidhan Bhavan here recently. 

The Russian envoy observed the work of both the Houses and held talks with the two presiding officers of the State Legislature, he said.

During the meeting with Nimbalkar and Bagade, Zhiltsov described the working of the state Duma, the Russian Parliament, and suggested that the presiding officers visit the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, Mumbai's sister-city, to mark the 50th anniversary of Mumbai-St Petersburg relations.

"Nimbailkar and Bagade expressed their interest in visiting Russia as official representatives of Vidhan Bhavan and holding meetings with the leadership of the State Duma and a corresponding legislative body of one of the Russian regions to exchange experience," Zhiltsov said. 

The presiding officers of Maharashtra Legislature and the Russian envoy have agreed that a memorandum of understanding be signed between the Vidhan Bhavan Maharshtra and interested Russian legislatures, the official said.