It was almost like press censorship on the Assembly premises on the first day of the Budget session. The media was restricted with just 30 passes and the others were not allowed beyond the media point. The OB vans were allowed only around 9.25am for the live coverage of the governor.
TDP leader Motkupally Narsimhlu said that governor’s speech had nothing useful for the public. He said that it only attempted to shield the Kiran kuamar Reddy Government. It was like a publicity leaflet of the Government. He questioned why Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao, Excise Minister, was not arrested so far.
Another leader Errabelli Dayakar rao wanted the Governor to order a probe into the irregularities of Polavaram project and liquor syndicates, cases on students, and general strike of employees. There was no mention of these issues in the Governor’s address, he said.
BJP leader G Kishan Reddy said that the Governor’s speech was anti-people and that there was no mention of Telangana.
TRS leader Harish Rao said that the Speaker was acting like a dictator and there was no democracy in the House.
MLA K Taraka Rama Rao of the TRS also found fault with the speaker for creating hurdles for the media in dissemination of information. He found fault with the Governor for not mentioning Telangana and also on the promises made to the employees during the general strike. Communist leaders said that the Governor’s speech did not reflect the aspirations of the public. They also wanted mention on the input subsidy to the farming community.