Surprisingly, the two Telugu States have decided on going for the vote on account budget this time. While the AP government has no option due to impending elections, the TS government too prefers the vote on account in view of the impending Lok Sabha elections.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who had won the December 2018 elections, did not form his full cabinet yet. He also has the gram panchayat elections ahead which would follow the Lok Sabha elections. He wants to wait to form the full cabinet only after the Lok Sabha elections. As there is no cabinet right on hand, KCR wants to have a vote on account budget for the time being and will go for the full budget after the elections.
The Telangana chief minister assumed charge taking just one cabinet minister with him and he is not prepared now to expand it. There seems a big plan for him to expand the cabinet. He has some issues to settle with his party leaders and wants the aspirants to wait before he takes a call. He is not happy with the party leadership from Khammam district where the party lost heavily. The internal differences in Khammam and Kothagudem districts cast dearly for the party.
KCR had expected 100 mark seats in this round of elections and had settled with 88 seats, 12 seats lower than his expectation. These 12 seats are mostly from Khammam and Kothagudem districts, where the Congress gained more. It is here he wants to settle the issues before going for the cabinet expansion. He is also focusing more on the Lok Sabha elections to wash out the Congress from the State.
The Andhra Pradesh government too is planning to go for the vote on account budget in February. The government had planned the next round of Assembly session from January 30 and introduce the vote on account budget on February 5 or 6. A head of the vote on account budget, the State government had increased the old age pension putting an additional burden on the exchequer. The government has to adjust this financial burden in the budget before going for the next elections.