HYDERABAD: Building pressure on the ruling TDP to revoke the suspension of their MLA RK Roja, principal opposition party YSRC on Wednesday gave a notice for no-confidence motion against Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao. Party MLAs led by deputy floor leader in the Assembly Jyothula Nehru gave the notice to the Assembly secretary. YSRC Legislature Party has on Tuesday unanimously decided to move a noconfidence motion against the Speaker for ‘not conducting the Assembly proceedings in a fair manner giving equal opportunity to all the members’. Speaking to reporters after submitting the notice to the Assembly secretary, Jyothula Nehru said the notice was being given only because they were left with no other alternative. The Speaker was behaving in a very partial manner, he said. “Our party has taken strong objection to the style of functioning of the Speaker. We have to take this unfortunate decision to move the no-confidence motion as we are pained and left with no other option,” Jyothula Nehru said. Meanwhile, YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that in order to water down the ‘call money’ scam, in which ruling party MLAs, MLCs and leaders are involved, the government did not allow a discussion on the issue in the Assembly.
“The TDP tried all their tricks to stall discussion on call money scandal. First, Ambedkar birth anniversary issue was brought in to delay the debate. Then Chandrababu Naidu in the guise of making a statement on the issue tried to dilute it. Then Roja was suspended for an unprecedented one year. And when I wanted to speak on the issue I was not allowed,” he alleged. Accusing Naidu of working for the interest of big corporate houses and his party leaders, Jagan said the Chief Minister was insisting on taking up bauxite mining in the agency areas of Visakhapatnam only for the benefit of private companies. “Naidu is not going to give up his intention to take up mining as he had not yet withdrawn GO 97. After Naidu became chief minister he had written eight letters to Centre seeking second level permission for mining.
This itself shows how desperate he is to take up bauxite mining,” he pointed out. Criticising Naidu for increasing the lease period of lands being offered to private companies from 33 years to 99 years, Jagan alleged that Naidu is allotting precious government lands for peanuts to corporate houses flouting all the norms. Listing out the lands allotted by Naidu to his close aides, Jagan said, “In Karakambadi of Chittoor, Naidu gave 21.68 acres at Rs 22 lakh to Galla family, whereas its actual cost is around Rs 45 crore. In Vizag’s Madhuravada, 50 acres were given away for a mere Rs 50 lakh. In Srikakulam, land was given away for party’s office. In Kakinada, land was given on 99-year lease for NTR Memorial Trust. In the CRDA area, lands are being given on 99-year lease to private companies from Singapore.”