Bonhomie between KCR, Governor Tamilisai: Unusual display of camaraderie by duo

BRS had been at loggerheads with the Governor for quite sometime after she had failed to clear the TSRTC Bill


HYDERABAD: A 20-minute meeting between Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) and Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday was enough to set aside the differences between the State Government and Raj Bhavan, atleast for now.

During the swearing-in ceremony of Patnam Mahender Reddy at Raj Bhavan on August 24, KCR seemed to have dicussed many aspects including giving assent to pending bills and approval of two nominated MLCs Sravan Dasoju and K Satyanarayana under the Governor's quota which have been lying vacant for over three months.

The dicussion seemed to have been fruitful as KCR extended an invitation to the Governor to come to the newly built Telangana Secretariat on Friday. The Governor even took a photograph with the Chief Minister and his Cabinet.

On Friday, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan stepped into the new Secretariat for the first time to take part in the inauguration of a temple, church and mosque on the premises. Earlier this year, when the Secretariat was inaugurated by KCR on April 30, the Governor expressed displeasure for not getting an invite for the function.

On Friday, the Chief Minister gave a tour of the Secretariat to the Governor on a buggy, which indicated that both the State Government and Governor seemed to have established a working relationship.

Earlier this month, the Governor had expressed her displeasure at the Chief Minister for skipping the ‘At Home’ event in Raj Bhavan on the occasion of Independence Day. Taking a dig at KCR, the Governor had said it had become a routine for chief ministers to avoid attending important events organised by Raj Bhavans.

BRS had been at loggerheads with the Governor for quite sometime after she had failed to clear the TSRTC Bill. BRS leaders slammed her for delibeeately delaying the passage of the Bill.

Among other issues, Health Minister T Harish Rao and the Governor were involved in a war of words over amenities in Osmania General Hospital. The Governor had also objected to the list of prisoners to be released by the Government and suggested a few changes.

It would be interesting to see if the newfound bonhomie between the Telangana Government and Governor is a sign of a lasting peace or a temporary truce.

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