Telangana: Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan returned not one, but two bills | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: The Telangana Raj Bhavan informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had returned, not one but two bills passed in the state assembly.
Sources confirmed that governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has returned to the state government the Telangana Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill. TOI had reported on Monday that she had returned the Telangana Public Employment (Regulation of Age of Superannuation) (Amendment) Bill.
The Telangana Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill is crucial for the state government as it aims to increase the minimum term to move a no-confidence motion against a municipal chairperson or mayor from three to four years. BRS was hoping to quell rebellion against its chairpersons in a number of municipalities with the bill, as it did not want trouble ahead of the 2023 assembly election.
“There was also a proposal to include voting provisions for Rajya Sabha members, as well as a proposal to include minority quotas, which were thoroughly examined and the bill was rejected,” sources close to the development said.
This comes even as the Supreme Court said on Monday that governors must either approve or return bills as soon as possible. Earlier this month, the governor had told the top court that she had approved three of 10 bills pending with her since September 2022.
As things stand now, the governor has so far returned two bills, sent two bills to the President for her assent, sought clarification on two bills and, according to her office, not received one bill.
The three bills the governor has cleared include the Telangana Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Telangana Municipalities (Amendment Bill), 2023. She has sought clarity on Telangana State Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) (Amendment) Bill and Telangana Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill.
The Telangana University of Forestry Bill and Telangana Universities Common Recruitment Board Bills have been referred to the President and not received the Azamabad Industrial Area (Termination and Regulation of Leases) (Amendment) Bill.

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