Telangana budget session begins without Governor's address

Wednesday 09th March 2022 06:27 EST

Hyderabad: The budget session of Telangana Assembly began on Monday without the customary Governor's address. The opposition BJP and Congress have hit out against the ruling party for not scheduling the Governor’s address. According to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party, the Governor's address was not required, as the budget session is a continuation of the previous session, which was not prorogued. However, the governor’s office said that if the Assembly session occurs after five months, it will be considered as a new session.

The Opposition BJP and Congress have strongly condemned the decision and alleged that the TRS government was showing a ‘disrespectful attitude’ towards the constitutional guardian of the state. State BJP president and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar attacked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for allegedly doing away with the Governor's address.

Referring to KCR's recent comments favouring a new Constitution in the country, Kumar had tweeted: "KCR is already giving a sense of what he wants in a re-written Constitution. No rules, no traditions - only whims. I strongly condemn his decision to do away with Governor's speech..."

Congress MLC T Jeevan Reddy asked as to why the last session which ended in October 2021 was not prorogued. Nowhere it is mentioned that Governor's address is not required because the House was not prorogued, he said. Former MLC K Nageshwar said the Constitution does not mention that the budget session should commence with the Governor's address. Citing Article 176(1), he said the Constitutional mandate is that the first session in a year should begin with the Governor's address.

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