The Telangana State Legislative Assembly will meet from Thursday for its Budget Session. Though the session is meant to debate and pass the budgetary demands from the various departments for the next financial year, several issues being faced by the people would also come up for discussion. Buoyed up with a series electoral victories in the State and influx of legislators from Opposition parties, the ruling TRS is confident of having its say as well as the way in the session.
The treasury benches were sufficiently emboldened by the TRS victories in GHMC, Greater Warangal, Khammam Municipal Corporations, Narayanakhed Assembly and Warangal Lok Sabha seats. The ruling party would find the going easy as the Opposition numbers have been reduced considerably with several Telugu Desam legislators joining TRS virtually making TDP non-existent in Telangana. It is also expecting joining of three more legislators from Telugu Desam.
The number of legislators on the ruling party sides has gone up to 85 with the joining of 22 members of various parties like Telugu Desam, Congress, YSR Congress and BSP. Opposition's number now stands at 34, with Telugu Desam having four, BJP five, MIM seven and Congress 14, CPI two, CPM one and YSRC one. The session would commence with the address of the Governor to both Houses on Thursday morning.
Budget for the next financial year would be presented on March 14 and session would continue till March 31. With the floor strength of Telugu Desam legislature party dwindling, the Congress and BJP would have to act as the main Opposition in the session, but they would not be able to make any significant impact on the ruling party. This would lead to smooth conduct of the House unlike in the past.
The house may not witness any unruly protests, as the rules committee decided to ensure a disruption free session in view of the importance of the issues that are expected to come up for debate in the session. The historic agreement with Maharashtra on Godavari waters, win in the local body, Assembly and Parliamentary elections and the overwhelming response from the people to 2BHK houses scheme and others are likely to figure in the discussions .
The opposition would raise drinking water issues in the rural and urban areas, distress in the agriculture sector, negative aspects of pact with Maharashtra and others. The disqualification of MLAs who had shifted their party loyalties would also come for discussion.