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Telangana, AP Budget session clash puts police in a fix

Telangana, AP Budget session clash puts police in a fix
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Telangana, AP Budget session clash puts police in a fix

Both Telangana and AP state legislative bodies’ police, watch and ward staff will have a tough time next month as both states will have the Budget Session almost simultaneously for the first time after bifurcation. From March 7, the budget session of the Legislative Council and Andhra Pradesh Assembly will commence. As for Telangana, the budget session would take place either on March 6 or 9. Both the state houses will need at least 16 sittings to function simultaneously as they are budget sessions.

Last year in June, after bifurcation both houses had a couple of sessions but at different times. With this budget session, it will be the first time for both states to have their sessions simultaneously to meet the statutory deadline - March 31 for passing financial bills.

Meanwhile, Both Houses’ Police, watch and ward staff will be put to test among legislators due to several burning issues like sharing of water and power which might escalate during the faceoff.

Compared to the undivided state, there is no change in the total number of legislators while there are lot of changes security and protocol wise. For both the Assemblies, there are two entrances, two exits and only one entrance, exit for the Legislative Councils.

After the bifurcation, there are two Chief Ministers, two Speakers, two Chairmen, four Deputy Chief Ministers, two Deputy Speakers, two Deputy Chairmen, 10 Chief Whips and Whips in addition to 40 ministers.

The Council Chairman and the respective Speaker meet top police officials normally before commencement of a session to know regarding the security arrangements and give instructions. But now, both the states’ Chairmen and Speakers need to meet police officials jointly after which decisions will be taken in view of the simultaneous running of sessions.

M. Mahender Reddy, Hyderabad Police Commissioner said that the actions will be taken on the instructions of Presiding Officers and no independent decisions will be taken on security plans. He also said that it won’t be an issue if both the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Houses use one gate each for entry and exit. However, a major problem set to arise is for the parking of so many vehicles particularly the convoys of VVIPs.

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