BJP MLAs in Telangana walked to the Assembly carrying lanterns to underline the worsening power crisis in the state as Finance Minister Etala Rajender presented the new state’s maiden budget on Wednesday.
The five BJP MLAs, including Telangana unit chief G Kishan Reddy, walked from the junction near the Assembly complex carrying lanterns and placards highlighting the plight of farmers who were allegedly committing suicide due to lack of power and water. When they tried to enter the Assembly building, they were stopped by security guards who refused to let them enter with the lanterns.
Rajender presented a budget with a total expenditure of Rs 1,00,637 crore for 10 months. He said that suggestions were sought from people from across the state, right from the village level, and the government tried to address everyone’s concerns. The non-plan expenditure is Rs 51,989 crore and the plan expenditure is Rs 48,648 crore, while the fiscal deficit is pegged at Rs 17,398 crore.
The budget came under criticism from opposition parties, which called it disappointing due to poor planning and insufficient allocations for core sectors such as power and water. The BJP, Congress and TDP MLAs took out separate rallies as a mark of protest.
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