Budget Session Address of Governor

At the commencement of the first session of each year, Governor makes a customary address to the members of the state legislature.

About Governor’s address

  • The Governor addresses the first session of the state legislature each year. The first session of any legislature is usually the budget session.
  • In the address, Governor highlights the plans and policy priorities of the government for the coming year. The Governor’s address is usually drafted by the state cabinet.
  • Later, the house will hold a debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address.
  • After the discussion, the motion of thanks is put to vote in the house. If the motion of thanks is not passed, it shows that government does not hold the confidence of the house and will lead to the defeat of the government.

Constitutional provision

According to Article 176 of the constitution: “At the commencement of the first session after each general election to the Legislative Assembly and at the commencement of the first session of each year, the Governor shall address the Legislative Assembly or, in the case of a State having a Legislative Council, both Houses assembled and inform the Legislature of the causes of its summons.”

Recent issues

On 28th February 2022, the Telangana government decided to start the budget session of the state legislature from March 7th, without the compulsory address by the Governor of Telangana. On 3rd March 2022, the Governor of Maharashtra abruptly ended his address to a joint session of the state legislature, due to the frequent disruptions.

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