The Telangana government has moved the high court seeking its direction to Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to approve the state Budget for 2023-24. The state government had sent the Budget for the approval of the governor on 21 January.
After the approval of the governor, the state Budget will be placed in the state Legislative Assembly and Council.
Telangana High Court Chief Justice Ujjal Bhuyan asked the advocate general how could the court give directions to the governor. The advocate general told the court that it was an issue related to the state budget, in view of the urgency of the matter, it should be heard. Hence, the high court allowed the hearing of the lunch motion petition.
The row between the state government and governor escalated not only after the separate Republic Day functions at Raj Bhavan and Pragathi Bhavan (chief minister’s camp office) but also after the state government denied the governor the opportunity to address the state Legislative Assembly and Council on the ground that the earlier session was adjourned and not prorogued.
This is the second time that the governor was not invited for the customary joint address of the Assembly and Council. Yesterday, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had spoken to party MPs on how the Centre was misusing the governor system to delay development and thereby taking “antidemocratic steps”.