The Budget session of the State Assembly scheduled to meet on July 24 seems to be a stormy affair as all political parties particularly the ruling Congress and main Opposition Telugu Desam have geared up to corner each other on several issues.
About 25 issues which include cases of Kovvur MLA TV Rama Rao, Karamchedu and price hike are likely to dominate the proceedings. The session is expected to continue till August end.
It may be recalled that the first session of the 13th Assembly was held between June 3 and 10. Except for debate on the Governors address, oath taking by MLAs and condolence motion to mourn the death of Tekkali Congress MLA Revathipathi, no other issues were taken up during the short session.
Before presentation of the State budget by Finance Minister K Rosaiah in the Assembly on July 24 at 12.30 p.m., Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy will convene the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting at 10 a.m. to formally approve the days agenda i.e. budget presentation in the House.
Prior to it, he will host breakfast to the members at Jubilee Hall in Public gardens at 9 a.m. The State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy will meet at the Assembly committee hall at 11 a.m. to give its nod to the budget for 2009-10. The House will be adjourned to meet again on July 27 after the budget was presented.
Issues of irrigation projects particularly the controversial Babhali being constructed by Ma harashtra, arrest of TDP legislator TV Rama Rao on charges of `molestation of Kerala girl students of Spruha Nursing College, spiralling prices of essential commodities, weeding out bogus ration cards, lands to Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are among those to figure prominently during the session. Ragging in colleges, Karamchedu incident, setting up of mineral water plants in villages, housing, devolution of powers to local bodies, fee reimbursement to students of SC/ST/BC and minority, Aarogyasri, Hyderabad storm water drainage project etc. will also come up for discussion.
Meanwhile, the Speaker has called for a meeting at his chambers today to review the security arrangements in the Assembly premises.
Following his directions, elaborate security arrangements are being made both inside and outside the premises in view of threat from Maoists and terrorists.
Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar, DGP SSP Yadav, additional DG (law and order) AK Khan and other senior officials concerned participated in the meeting.
The 13th Assembly has 155 Congress, 92 TDP, 18 PRP, 10 TRS, 7 MIM, 4 CPI, 2 BJP, one each of CPM and Lok Satta, three independents and one nominated member.