Hyderabad, February 16: The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the State Assembly refused to take up discussion on the ongoing movement for Telangana and the Srikrishna Committee appointed by the Centre.
When CPI floor leader G Mallesh suggested a short-discussion on Telangana, Chief Minister K Rosaiah refused stating that the matter was not under the purview of the State Government and the Centre had already appointed a committee on the issue.
TDP MLA N Janardhan Reddy too wanted a debate on the issue and the lathicharge on students.
When Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu wanted the Government to release a white paper on the State’s financial position, the Chief Minister also refused it saying that officials were busy preparing the Budget. The Budget would anyway indicate the State’s financial position and the Opposition could make suggestions on it, the Chief Minister reportedly said.
The Budget will be introduced in the Assembly on February 20. The Appropriation Bill will be introduced on March 30. The Assembly session will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Government rejected the suggestion of the Opposition leader that the session should continue in the evenings so that members could speak elaborately on the issues.
Speaker N Kirankumar Reddy wanted the members to take up the adjournment motions after the Question Hour. He wanted the MLAs not to conduct meetings in the MLA quarters and not allow outsiders into the quarters. Allowing outsiders into MLA quarters pose a threat to the MLAs, as the situation was volatile. It may be recalled that the offices of the Telangana Congress and Telangana JAC were set up in MLA quarters. The rooms were provided by two MLAs for the offices.
The Speaker decided to provide cars to the MLAs from quarters to reach the Assembly as no MLA was using the bus service.
The BAC decided to take up short discussions on minority reservations and price rise after the general discussion on Budget is over.