Centre misusing Governor’s office, three rejected bills will be passed again: Minister KTR

The BJP-led central government has been making a mockery of the law-making bodies using the Governor’s office, said Minister KT Rama Rao. Addressing a media conference after the state cabinet meeting on Monday evening, he said the BJP is mocking public opinion and democratically elected governments. It is diluting and usurping the powers of law-making bodies. Mr Rama Rao was referring to three bills that were returned by the Governor. The same bills would be tabled in the ensuing Assembly session for a resolution. They would again be sent to the Governor. The bills cannot be rejected by Governor as they reflect public opinion through a democratically elected government.

The bills pertain to Municipal Administration, Panchayat Raj and Education departments. “In a democracy, the decision of the government elected by the people is final. No matter who is the Governor and their background, they should act according to the procedures of the Constitution,” he pointed out. On the flood damage, Mr Rama Rao said the enumeration of flood damage is underway and as there was a prediction of rainfall again, the enumeration process might take a little more time. The Collectors and the field-level staff of the revenue and agriculture departments were asked to personally visit and assess the crop and property loss on account of heavy rains.

Stating that the state government would try its best to secure funds from the Centre for the proposed extension of metro rail, Mr Rama Rao said he hoped for cooperation from the Centre. “We are sure that our party BRS will play a key role in the formation of government at Centre in 2024,” he asserted.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao