Winter session of Andhra Pradesh assembly minus Opposition starts today
VIJAYAWADA: With Opposition deciding not to attend the winter session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Council meeting starting on Friday, the ruling Telugu Desam has decided to utilise the opportunity to explain the financial position of the State to the people. Addressing mediapersons after the Telugu Desam Legislature Party (TDLP) meeting held in the AP Assembly Conference Hall on Thursday evening, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that people will be able to understand it better if it is explained on the floor of the Assembly.
He said though the State is facing financial crisis, it has not cut short the payments to the poor either through loans or through various welfare schemes meant for them. “These issues need to be discussed in the Assembly, so the people will get to know what the government is doing for them,” Naidu said.
Chandrababu Naidu took the opportunity to lash out at the Opposition YSRC for resorting to politics with ulterior motives by not attending the Assembly session. Citing the reports linking YSRC chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy to the Paradise Papers, he said the corruption of the Leader of Opposition and the way the YSRC is obstructing development programmes will also be discussed.
He appreciated the TDP leaders and cadre for the success of Intintiki TDP programme and said the 82 lakh petitions on various problems received during the mass contact programme will be looked into by the government at the earliest. He reiterated that the development of the State and welfare of the people are always the top priority of TDP government.
Citing the recent reports of RTG submitted to him, he said 72 per cent of the people in the State were found to be happy on various counts. He advised all the MLAs and MLCs to utilise the time and opportunity completely by discussing the problems of their constituencies.
Earlier, TDP national general secretary N Lokesh and party State president K Kala Venkata Rao conducted a strategy meeting with members of the strategy committee. They discussed the subjects need to be discussed and issues need to be raised during the Assembly session. The tactics to counter the Opposition criticism outside the Assembly were also discussed.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made at the Interim Government Complex housing the transit Legislative Complex. Around 500 police personnel have been deployed. Only the pass holders will be allowed into the Assembly premises. “The Business Advisory Committee will meet at 9:45 am on Friday and decide on how many days the session has to be held and what needs to be discussed. The TDP and BJP floor leaders will attend the BAC meeting,” Minister for Legislative Affairs Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.
YSRC questions Speaker’s selective logic
Vijayawada: YSRC legislators have made it clear that they will not attend the Assembly until the Speaker initiates action against the turncoat MLAs. Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, party MLA G Srikanth Reddy said they never wanted to keep away from the Assembly. “In fact, we are very much in favour of attending the winter session, but we will not do so until the Speaker acts on their request for suspension of the defected MLAs from the House,” he said. The contention that the matter is in court cannot be accepted as the Speaker had time and again said that the Legislature is supreme and that he will not consider the legal rulings. “We need not abide by the court directives and the House is supreme” was what he said on earlier occasions, Srikanth Reddy said.