HYDERABAD: The Budget session of the Telangana Legislature will transact business on three Sundays in March. The session will be held till March 31 and may be extended to complete unfinished business, if any.
These decisions were taken at the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting held on Friday. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and all party leaders attended the meet.
It was decided to run the House on Sundays (March 13, 20 and 27) also to complete the business. There will be four holidays in between.
The House will discuss Motion of Thanks to the governor’s address on March 12 and 13. The government will reply to the discussion on Sunday. Budget will be presented on March 14 and the House will not sit the next day. The general discussion on Budget will be for four days and on the fourth day, the finance minister will give his reply.
‘’We wanted at least four days to discuss Motion of Thanks to Governor’s address so that a host of aspects can be covered. However, our request was rejected,’’ a leader who was part of the BAC said. Also, the opposition wanted the adjournment motion to be moved before the Question Hour.
The chief minister reportedly opposed the same and wanted such a motion can be moved only after Question Hour. ‘’An adjournment motion is moved so as to discuss an urgent and important issue adjourning the Question Hour. What is the use of moving an adjournment motion after Question Hour,’’ BJP Legislature Party leader Dr K Laxman questioned.
Rao reportedly told the BAC that they should adopt new things in a new state.
Meanwhile, opposition members also found fault with the government setting the agenda at the BAC.
‘’The views of all the opposition parties should be taken into consideration and the majority opinion should be respected,’’ Laxman said.It is learnt that Laxman and MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi made their dissatisfaction over the same open and asked as to why the BAC was convened when the government is setting the agenda.
Initially, the government wanted to end the session by March 29. However, the treasury agreed to extend the session till March 31. Also, it has agreed to further extend the session, if need be.