Jagan digs in deep to flay govt. on budget

He maintains cool despite repeated interruptions by TD members

Overcoming regular interruptions from the treasury benches, Leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy maintained his cool in taking the government to task on the meagre budgetary provisions made to various government programmes during the debate on the budget on Monday.

Initiating the debate, Mr. Jagan said: “Perhaps, it’s for the first time the planned expenditure is less than the usual 34 to 35 percent of the total expenditure estimates and the grants-in-aid is higher than the planned budget”. Terming the department-wise/programme-wise allocations disappointing and misleading, he said the estimates should be near to reality and not far-fetched.

He faulted the government for estimating the grants-in-aid at Rs. 28,830 crore when only Rs. 7,685 crore was realised against Rs. 14,000 crore estimated last year. The planned expenditure of Rs. 26,672 this time was only 23 per cent of the total expenditure, he said.

“The budgetary provisions won’t meet the TDP’s pre-poll promises made to one-crore farmers and 70-lakh SHG women in the form of loan waiver and to 1.5 crore households in the form of unemployment allowance in any way”, he said.

Every time a TDP member/Minister interrupted Mr. Jagan, the YSRC members moved into the well of the House and to the podium sometimes requesting Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao to come to their rescue.

Most of over 20 interruptions by TDP members including points of order were mere rhetoric against Mr. Jagan without any substance related to points being made by him, except for those by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu said the Leader of the Opposition was trying to paint a wrong picture stating as if nothing would go the people’s way. But, the reality was that a specific allocation was made to loan waiver in the budget and they were committed to keep all pre-poll promises.

The Speaker observed that it could be the first instance in the parliamentary practice wherein a Leader of the Opposition consumed the entire time allotted to the Opposition in a debate.

The House was adjourned for the day amid noisy scenes after the YSRC members rushed to the podium following the Speaker cutting mike to Mr. Jagan and asking TDP member G. Surya Rao to speak.

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