Not inviting Governor for budget session is Constitution violation, says TDP
February 10, 2014 - Hyderabad
For the first time in the history, the budget session began in the Assembly without the conventional speech of the Governor in both the Houses.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) deputy leader in the Assembly P Ashok Gajapati Raju along with Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu, Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao addressing the press on Monday said that it is a violation of the Constitution. The matter was raised in the meeting of the Business Advisory Meeting (BAC) and the reply was that the President also did not address joint session of the Parliament.
The TDP MLAs said that there was a huge shortfall in the business of Assembly although it was supposed to hold siting for 55 to 60 days a year and 30 to 35 days in the budget session. A budget with Rs.1.83 lakh crore for the next financial year was sought to be passed in just three days. Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Yanamala Ramakrishnudu too faulted with the Vote on account Budget presented by the Government.
Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy refuting the charges said that the Government had violated the provision under Article 176 of the Constitution in not inviting Governor for addressing the Joint Session of the Legislative Assembly before presentation of the budget. He said that the current session involved in presentation of vote on account budget for six months ahead of elections. The Finance Minister said that it was for the new Government to invite him for the customary address as and when full fledged budget sessions was convened.