AP Assembly Passes Special Courts Bill Amid Opposition Walkout

At first, certain comments made by Labour Minister K Achannaidu on the YSRC, calling it a ‘party of psychos’, created commotion in the House.

Published: 04th September 2015 04:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th September 2015 04:57 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD:In a significant move which might have political repercussions, Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed ‘AP Special Courts Bill- 2015’ to deal sternly with financial fraud cases besides approving eight other key bills in a single day on Thursday triggering a walkout by the lone opposition YSRC in protest against the State government’s “hurry” to push the bills. The key bill proposes to empower the State government to constitute Special Courts for the speedy trial of certain class of offences and confiscate the properties involved in these cases.

“The State decided to prosecute the persons involved in acquiring properties by way of corrupt practices and to confiscate such ill-gotten properties for the welfare of the State,” Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu stated in the ‘Statement of Objects and Reasons’ while introducing the bill in the House.

Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took strong exception to the way the State government introduced the bill in a hurried manner without giving scope for a detailed debate in the House.

“Such type of legislation may become a tool in the hands of the government to pursue political vendetta against the Opposition parties,” he alleged.

Later, protesting against the State government’s decision to get nine key bills passed without any discussion in the Assembly, the Opposition YSRC staged a walkout.

Earlier, name-calling, hurling of invectives and personal attacks reached a crescendo in the Assembly with the members of the TDP and YSRC locking horns. Words such as psychos, rowdies and factionists dominated the debate on issues concerning people.

At first, certain comments made by Labour Minister K Achannaidu on the YSRC, calling it a ‘party of psychos’, created commotion in the House.

Taking exception to the comments, Jagan hit back at the treasury benches calling Chief Minister Naidu a “rowdy CM”.


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