The budget session of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly is scheduled to start from July 11. Speaker Thammineni Sitaram had held a review meeting with the officials on floor coordination, particularly in providing information to the MLAs as asked by them from time to time during the session. The speaker also held a review meeting with the senior police officials on the security arrangements. He had asked the police to ensure that there is no inconvenience to the MLAs or officials visiting the Assembly during the session.
The speaker had also called for a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee on Wednesday, a day before the regular session. Usually, the BAC meeting is held on the first day of the session where the schedule is decided. The BAC would have representatives from the parties that have MLAS in the Assembly. Accordingly, the ruling YSR Congress, the opposition Telugu Desam Party and the Jana Sena have members and the leaders of these parties would attend the BAC meeting.
The chief minister had been holding meetings with the officials and the party leaders, including the ministers for the past one week, gearing them up for the budget session. The budget is likely to be around Rs 2.5 lakh crore this time and would have greater allocations for the Navarathnalu, the nine promises of Jaganmohan Reddy for the people.
The priorities of this government are different from the previous government. However, the State government is expected to have some allocation for the important projects like Polavaram and Amaravati. There are no allocations shown in the budget presented by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman, to the Polavaram or any work connected with the State. The ruling BJP at the centre and the YSR Congress in the State would be taken to the task by the opposition TDP during the session, particularly in the budgetary allocations.
TDP’s former finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu is present in the Legislative Council and he would be taking the government to task on the budget. Ramakrishnudu had presented budget for the State for 13 times while YSR Congress party’s Buggana Rajendranath is a first timer. It is for these reasons, Jaganmohan Reddy had been taking special care and making key moves to face criticism during the budget session.