VIJAYAWADA: Winter session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly commenced on Friday sans the Opposition. Protesting against the Speaker for not taking any action against the MLAs who defected from their party, YSRC skipped the session.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felt that the Opposition was running away from its responsibilities and wondered how the Leader of the Opposition chose not to attend the Assembly, which is the perfect platform for discussing public issues. He told the press that padayatras alone will not fetch the Chief Minister’s position.
He said one needs to be really sincere to address the public issues and the attitude of the Opposition leaders show how sincere they are. Proceedings in the House on the first day went uninterrupted, as there were no usual scenes of the MLAs from the Opposition clamouring for the attention of the Speaker.
Though, some MLAs from the ruling party tried to portray the role of the Opposition pointing out certain lapses in implementation of some schemes, there was no confrontation on the Floor with ruling party MLAs sticking to their limits. During Question Hour, ruling party MLAs did not even raise the supplementary questions to seek more clarity from the government.
House open for 10 days
The Business Advisory Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of the Legislative Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao decided to conduct the proceedings for 10 days from November 10 to 25 with six holidays in between.
Gram panchayat buildings
Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Nara Lokesh said that the government has spent Rs 130 crore for construction of gram panchayat offices during the last threeand- half-years.