BJP MLAs Rajasingh, Raghunandan, Eatala suspended from assembly for obstructing budget speech

Finance Minister presented the 2022-23 Annual Budget with a proposed total expenditure of Rs 2,56,858.51 crore

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  7 March 2022 8:35 AM GMT
BJP MLAs Rajasingh, Raghunandan, Eatala suspended from assembly for obstructing budget speech

Hyderabad: The Telangana Assembly on Monday suspended BJP MLAs Rajasingh, Raghunandan Rao and Eatala Rajender till the end of the current session for obstructing the budget speech. Telangana Assembly speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy announced the suspension of the three MLAs.

The three leaders were shouting when Finance Minister T Harish Rao was presenting the budget for 2022-23. Before the beginning of the budget session, the three leaders staged a protest outside the assembly wearing black shawls.

The 2023 budget session of Telangana began on March 7, Monday at 11:30 am. There was no customary speech by Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan. Finance Minister Harish Rao presented the 2022-23 Annual Budget in the Legislative Assembly, with a total expenditure of Rs 2,56,958.51 crore. Revenue Expenditure was Rs. 1.89 lakh crore, while capital expenditure was Rs. 29,728 crores.

Meanwhile, continuing the full-blown attack against Bharatiya Janta Party-led Union government, Telangana finance minister T. Harish Rao on Monday said the state is suffering from the Centre's discrimination.

He said the Centre is creating hurdles in the path of progress of the state. Instead of incentivising the states that are progressing, the Centre is trying to actively discourage them. "The discrimination against Telangana started right from the day of the formation of the state. Even before the celebrations of the state's formation had ended, seven mandals of Khammam district were merged with Andhra Pradesh. In the very first days of the formation of the state, there was a strike against the undemocratic actions of the Centre," said the minister.

He added that the Centre has notified nine districts of the erstwhile state as backward districts. However, the grant that was supposed to be given to these districts is delayed. "On one hand the Centre talks about cooperative federalism, but on the other, it acts against the spirit of federalism and is encroaching on the powers of the state," said Mr. Rao.

He added that NITI Aayog has recommended an amount of Rs. 24,205 crore be released for Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya schemes but the Centre has not even released even 24 paise, the minister alleged.

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