Camaraderie pervades Andhra Pradesh Assembly premises on Day 1

Pro-tem Speaker Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary administered the oath to CM Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy CM Pawan Kalyan and Home Minister Vangalapudi Anitha, followed by other MLAs.
TDP members display ‘Nijam Gelchindi’ and ‘Praja Swamyam Gelchindi’ placards in the State Assembly on Friday
TDP members display ‘Nijam Gelchindi’ and ‘Praja Swamyam Gelchindi’ placards in the State Assembly on FridayPhoto | Express

VIJAYAWADA : Smiles, warm greetings and hugs -- these scenes were witnessed in the lobbies of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly as the first session commenced on Friday after the formation of the new government. The absence of YSRC MLAs in the lobbies, however, did not go unnoticed.

As Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu entered the House, the legislators greeted him with placards and slogans saying ‘Nijam Gelchindi’, ‘Praja Swamyam Gelchindi’.

Leaders greeted Jana Sena President and Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan and Mangalagiri MLA Nara Lokesh, who were elected for the first time as MLAs, by thumping their desks.

The session began at 9.46 am and the legislators gathered in the Assembly to take oath. Pro-tem Speaker Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary administered the oath to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Jana Sena president and Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan and Home Minister Vangalapudi Anitha, followed by the other MLAs in that order.

The camaraderie between Naidu and Pawan was on full display as they embraced each other in the House.

After taking oath, majority of the TDP members went to the seat of the Chief Minister and greeted him. Many of them also touched Naidu’s feet to express their gratitude. After a 10-minute tea break, the House resumed and the swearing-in of other members continued. Most of the MLAs took oath in Telugu, while some opted for English. Undi TDP MLA K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju was seen actively moving around the House since it commenced. He greeting everyone and had brief interactions with them. The House was adjourned for the day at 1:36 pm.

A memorable moment in my life: Lokesh

Minister for Human Resource Development, IT, Electronics and Communication Nara Lokesh has said taking oath as an MLA is a memorable moment in his life. “I will be indebted to the people of Mangalagiri lifelong for electing me with a huge majority, and sending me to the State Assembly from the place where I suffered defeat five years ago,” Lokesh said. In a statement issued on Friday, Lokesh asserted that he will utilise the opportunity given to him by striving for the welfare and development of the people. The NDA government will function as per the hopes and aspirations of the five crore people of the State, he said

JSP MLA in fisherman attire a big draw

Surprising all, Narasapuram Jana Sena Party MLA Bommiddi Nayakar came to the State Assembly on the first day of the two-day session in the attire of a traditional fisherman. Nayakar, who belongs to the fisherman community, is a first-time MLA. Nayakar’s appearance on the Assembly premises in the attire of a fisherman was a big draw

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