CHANDIGARH, Feb. 13 -- Leader of opposition in Haryana assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday termed the pre-budget consultations scheduled by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar with MLAs next week as an exercise in futility.

Talking to mediapersons here, the former chief minister said that since the state government has already prepared the budget estimates for the coming financial year, the pre-budget consultations were a farce.

"Anyway, what can the MLAs offer in terms of fiscal nuances? They can at best speak about the problems and issues in their respective assembly constituencies. Also for such a consultative exercise the MLAs would need a detailed information about the fiscal situation. The government has not made that availab...