Embarrassed TDP Says Leakage Was Due To Cutting Of Pipes

The TDP Government has blamed unidentified persons for cutting the pipes on the top floor of the Assembly building intentionally to allow water into the office of the opposition leader with a view to defaming the establishment.

Amaravati:  Embarrassed by the water leakage in the newly- constructed Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday, the State government is in a defence mode. Apart from Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, various ministers and MLAs from the ruling party are alleging that it is a conspiracy to defame the government.

A day after the water flooded the office of Opposition Leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Kodela visited the premises armed with photographs and alleged that there is nothing wrong with the construction and some ‘miscreants’ had cut open the pipes on the roof of the building leading to water leakage straight into Jagan’s office.

To support his argument and show the proof, he escorted the media to the roof.

He showed the media photographs how the pipes that were part of air conditioning system were cut. He said that due to this the water skipped the first floor and went to the ground floor directly.

The Speaker said that the government was serious about investigating the incident with the police and even with the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

“Earlier also there were heavy rains, but during yesterday’s rain, water had gone into the office of the Leader of Opposition,” said Kodela.

“Many people began complaining after that, about the construction quality and some members of the Assembly had also paid a visit to the office,” he added referring to a group of YSRCP MLAs and leaders.

The YSRCP leaders visited the premises earlier in the morning, and complained to the media about the quality of the building constructed under Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Kodela went on, “After we were notified, we sealed the pipe last night, to avoid more water from entering the premises. However, after careful examination, we realised that someone may have intentionally cut the pipeline.”

“I don’t want to talk politics. I want to know the facts. If any mischief like this takes place, the culprit has to be caught. We are planning to ask for a CID investigation immediately. We will also examine CCTV footage,” he added.

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AP Appropriation Bill approved

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed the Appropriation Bill at the end of the budget session on Friday. After passing the bill, Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao adjourned the House sine die. During the budget session, in all 11 bills were introduced, debated and passed by the members.

Leader of the Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy argued during a debate on the Appropriation Bill that meager allocation to the pension scheme will not be sufficient for the beneficiaries who were identified by the government so far. He accused the government of trying to slash the number of beneficiaries under the pension scheme. He also charged the State government with ignoring welfare of poor. He said the government did not sanction even a single new house for the poor so far in the last eight months. He also mentioned that government did not concentrate on the development issues while preparing the budget.

Jagan observed that in reality the State was completely different than TDP’s poll promises with respect to farmers as well as DWCRA Self Help Groups loan viewer scheme. He said farmers and SHGs were forced to become defaulters with the TDP government’s lopsided policies. He blamed the government for failing to procure paddy from the farmers as per norms.

YSRCP MLA Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao said even though TDP is one of the coalition partners in the Union government, the State could not benefit anything. He cited some examples such as failure in getting special status to the State, allocations to Polavaram project and so on. He said the Janmabhoomi Committees were defaming the basic nature of people’s representatives in local bodies such as panchayats.

Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu detailed about each and every topic raised by the Opposition leaders. He said the TDP government was firmly implementing all its poll promises without ignoring anything.  He said that so far, the Naidu government initiated around 90 per cent of TDP manifesto implementation. It will implement the manifesto in a phased manner. Yanamala explained that the TDP government under Chandrababu Naidu increased the amount under pension scheme from mere Rs 200 to Rs 1,000. But late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy government shared Central fund of Rs 400 to two persons in the State at Rs 200 per head. It was nothing but fooling the people. He said that during ten years of the Congress rule in the State, there were serious misappropriations in the housing scheme. He said Congress leaders and cadre, who were not eligible for benefits under the scheme as per rules took away the benefits under housing scheme. He said there is a cabinet sub committee working on the illegalities and fraud in the housing scheme. The government will sanction money to the genuine eligible persons only.

Yanamala said since the last five months, the State government got about Rs 320 crore through sand auctions, but the previous government had got Rs 100 crore only. He charged Congress leaders with looting the remaining amount with the support from people at the helm of responsibility. He also said red sanders’ smuggling was also a big problem in the State. The State government was expecting more revenue from fair auctioning of the red sanders, he mentioned. He said that for the benefit of farmers in the State, the government has allocated around Rs 60 crore under markfed. So far, the government released around Rs 4,000 under farmer loan waiver scheme and the amount will be released in a phased manner. He also promised that the government would take care of SHGs debt issue and initiate action to empower them economically and socially. The government was also trying to create better environment for industrial sector.  (NSS)

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Yanamala calls Jagan ignorant

  • Demand for debate on passed bills ridiculous
  • Speaker disallows debate

HYDERABAD: AP Minister for Legislative Affairs Yanamala Ramakrishnudu today dubbed the Leader of the Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy as ignorant and unaware of the functioning, rules and regulations of the Assembly when the latter demanded debate on the passed bills on Thursday. Yanamala said under no circumstances, in any parliamentary democracy, a debate was allowed on passed bills.

During a debate on the bill related to amendment to the AP Labour Welfare Fund (amendment) Bill, 2015, YSRCP MLA Akila Priya started discussion on the AP VAT (amendment) Bill which was passed just before. The Speaker explained to her that the debate on VAT Bill was over and the Labour Welfare Fund Bill was on the table now. But, Akila urged the Speaker to allow her to speak on the VAT Bill. At this juncture, Yanamala said the government was not ready to answer on the passed bills since it was against the parliamentary procedures. He assured Akila that he would send information on her apprehensions to enable her to know on the issue. The Speaker allowed her to speak on the passed VAT Bill saying that since she got elected to the Assembly for the first time and got an opportunity to speak in in the House. The Speaker also stated that though Akila was speaking on irrelevant topic, he does not want to discourage her abruptly.

After Akila completed her speech on VAT Bill during Labour Welfare Fund Bill, Jagan also demanded debate on it saying the Speaker did not allow his party members to comment on the VAT Bill. Then the Speaker clarified that he allowed the YSRCP members to speak when Jagan demanded.

At this juncture, Yanamala criticized Jagan and asked him to admit that he does not know the rules and procedures of the House before speaking anything on passed bills. When Jagan tried to continue his speech on the passed bill by ignoring rules, Yanamala stopped him and advised him not to compare with Akila. He demanded a ruling by the Speaker on this topic. Speaker ruled that the House never allows such debates. (NSS)

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YSRCP tenders apology

  • Speaker Kodela accepts
  • Jagan reminds of Naidu treatment of Kutuhalamma

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao today accepted YSRCP MLAs’ unconditional apology for their remarks against the chair on March 19, in the Assembly during ongoing budget session on Thursday.

Leader of the Opposition, YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy stated, “if his party members in the House used any unparliamentary language against the Speaker and behaved indecently in a manner that hurt the Speaker, I offer unconditional apology on behalf of all my party MLAs”.

Ruling party member Vangalapudi Anitha, moving a motion against nine YSRCP MLAs, explained that they (YSRCP members) used unparliamentary language against the Speaker and his chair during budget session on March 19. She urged the Speaker to take suitable action against the “culprits” to maintain integrity and dignity of the chair as an example for future generations in the House.

Minister for Legislative Affairs Yanamala Ramakrishnudu had demanded unconditional apology from all the nine members. Minister for Labor had stated that the Opposition party leaders were creating chaos in the House everyday and used vulgar language against the Speaker. He regretted that people in the State felt very bad over the atrocious behavior of the Opposition party MLAs. He observed that the Opposition party leaders deserve some punishment.

After the motion was put to debate, YSRCP MLAs tendered unconditional apology to the Speaker and urged him to pardon them. Yanamala accepted their apology and stated that government never wanted to expel the Opposition members from the House and never thought to run the Assembly without the Opposition. After a long discussion, the Speaker urged the members to maintain dignity of the House while using language and be careful with body language since everything that is going on in the House is being watched by people thanks to the live telecast by news channels. He also assured the House that if he was proved guilty of bias or otherwise, he would resign from the post to maintain the dignity of the House.

Jagan maintained that he and his party members have respect for the integrity and sanctity of the Speaker’s chair as well as Speaker in person. He explained that his party leaders lost temper and rushed towards the well and the podium shouting slogans for justice when the ruling party members and ministers used provocative language. But his MLAs did not intend to lower the dignity of the Speaker’s chair. He blamed that the then Leader of the Opposition and present chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu did not tender an apology to then Speaker Kuthuhalamma even though she wept in the House as well as in front of the media. (NSS)

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Privilege motion against YSRCP MLAs

  • Privilege motions to be referred to committees
  • Same YSRCP MLAS sought to be suspended

HYDERABAD: A ruling TDP Member Vangalapudi Anitha moved a privilege motion in the A P State Assembly today, against YSRCP members on charges of disrespecting the Speaker.

Anita blamed that the opposition party members used the language in and out of the House which defamed the decency, dignity and decorum of the House as well as the chair. She urged the Speaker to initiate necessary action against the YSRCP MLAs Gadikota Srikanth Reddy, Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, Kodali Nani, Anil Kumar Yadav, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, R. Siva Prasad Reddy, Pinnelli Rama Krishna Reddy, B. Muthyala Naidu and RK Roja, to maintain the dignity of the Chair of the Speaker and the  House.

The Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao allowed the motion and said that on this motion, the House will discuss later. YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy opposed the move and insisted on the Speaker for debate on the privilege motion submitted by his party earlier against the ruling TDP members. The Speaker clarified that the privilege notices submitted by the ruling as well as opposition members would be referred to the privilege committee which consisted of members from both the parties.

Jagan, however, demanded immediate action and his party leaders surrounded the Speaker’s well.  The Speaker requested the opposition to understand the rules and procedures of the House and let him run the business according to the rules.  The Speaker categorically informed Jagan that, the two issues are separate from each other. He said that the privilege motions of the members will be referred to privilege committee whereas the issue related to breaching of the integrity of the House and using abusive language against the Speaker will be discussed in the House. He told  Jagan that his party also will get adequate time to debate on this topic.(NSS)

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Don’t dictate to House

  • Speaker Kodela advises Jagan
  • AP first state to have BC Plan, Pullarao
  • NTR, YSR only leaders who helped downtrodden: YSRCP

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao today warned the leader of the opposition, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy not to interrupt the business and not try to take the House into his hands.

Kodela stated categorically that the opposition YSRCP was always trying to adopt a strategy of maintaining silence while Jagan and his party members were speaking and disrupting the business when Ministers were speaking.  When Ministers or ruling party Members are speaking, Jagan is forcing his members into the well of the House, in order to disrupt the functioning of the House. Kodela advised Jagan that it was not good for the  society,  and suggested that he  should  allow the ministers to  reply to  the queries that were raised by members in the House and then ask any clarification if required.

The disappointed opposition walked out of the House.

Minister Kinjarapu Atchannaidu urged the Speaker to rescue the treasury benches from the opposition party’s undemocratic strategy of not allowing Ministers to respond for the doubts raised by members.

During  debate on the grants for budget demands relating  to  welfare of  SC, ST, BC, Minority and Women, YSRCP Member  Eswari criticized that chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu neglected the welfare of STs in the state. Replying to her, Tribal welfare minister Ravela Kishore Babu said that former chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy used the poor Tribal people as vote bank and looted them after getting power. He also blamed that, the precious mines and natural resources of the Tribal people were brutally exploited by YS family.

Ravela alleged that YSR diverted the SC, ST funds to develop Hussain Sagar Lake and other works, but Chandrababu Naidu is working towards welfare and development of the vulnerable sections in the society including SC, ST, BCs.

Jagan argued that the government did not allocate sufficient funds for implementing pension scheme and other welfare schemes. He said that during YSR’s rule, he gave utmost priority to SCs and STs, but Chandrababu Naidu allocated meager funds for them and it was no way adequate.

YSRCP Member Mutyala Naidu criticized that Chandrababu Naidu did not join the TDP when it was founded by former chief minister NT Ramarao, since he didn’t have faith and confidence in NTR. Mutyala Naidu also said that after NTR, the only leader who worked for welfare of the downtrodden was YSR.

Minister for agriculture Prathipati Pullarao stated that A P is the only state in India which presented the first BC Sub- Plan in the budget for the welfare of BCs. He said that all this credit goes to Chandrababu Naidu.

BJP floor leader Vishnukumar Raju urged government to make some budgetary allocations to the economically backward people in the category of forward classes. He urged government to initiate necessary measures for betterment of health conditions in Visakapatnam rural areas. (NSS)

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Debate on no-trust move against AP Speaker

  • YSRCP’s no-confidence motion to be taken up
  • Special session of Assembly on April 4
  • First  motion of its kind in  AP House

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Assembly would meet specially on April 4 to debate on no-confidence motion against Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad. The Business Advisory Committee of AP Assembly has on Wednesday decided that there shall be a debate on the no-confidence motion for which a notice was given by YSRCP members. The Opposition has been utterly unhappy with the Speaker since the members felt that he has not been fair to them. They shouted slogans against him. They also demonstrated outside the Assembly.

Whenever Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy rose to speak, he was interrupted by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and many ministers. The Opposition says it is alright if the leader of the house interjects while their leader is speaking but how can the Speaker allow a number of minister to attack the opposition leaders making nasty allegations. The ministers made personal attacks on the opposition leader while the latter was speaking on the subject at hand. Eight YSRCP members were suspended for not respecting the chair. But Bonda Uma, a TDP member from Vijayawada, shouted invectives at the YSRCP members and wagging his finger, threaten to bury them in the house, was not taken to task by the speaker. It was at that time that the YSRCP members submitted a notice to move a no-confidence motion against the Speaker. This is the first no-trust move against the speaker in the last nine months.

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News channels may face Govt ire

  • Yanamala hints at action
  • Finds fault for airing the views of the suspended MLAs

HYDERABAD: Apparently exasperated at YSRCP disrupting the session and passing abusive words at ruling TDP, the government is planning to issue notices to some news channels, including Sakshi, NTV and others, that aired the views of eight ousted YSRCP members from Assembly Media Point soon after their suspension from the House on Thursday. The officials concerned were asked to collect the details of the news channels that aired the YSRCP leaders’ views, according to informed sources.

Reacting on the ouster of the YSRCP leaders, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu took serious objection to YSRCP for passing derogatory remarks against Speaker K Sivaprasada Rao. YSR Congress Party leaders cannot take the House for granted during the session by passing derogatory remarks against the Speaker, he said.

Interacting with media persons at Assembly Lobbies here after the House adjourned, he slammed the YSRCP Chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy for storming the podium and making derogatory remarks. The leaders, irrespective of their parties, are supposed to maintain decency in the House and protect the values of democracy, he felt.

The Finance Minister expressed displeasure over the channels for airing the views of the YSRCP leaders. When the House was going on, they cannot speak at the media point and the channels have to refrain from airing their views, he felt. Recalling NTR regime which also witnessed such belittling remarks from the Opposition, he felt that recurrence will only belittle the chair and democracy. However, the YSRCP made it clear that they will not attend the House after introducing no-confidence motion against the Speaker for disallowing them to speak on peoples’ woes. (NSS)

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Naidu attacks Jagan on Pattiseema

  • Vows to complete the project in one year
  • Assures the House on Polavaram

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu lambasted the leader of opposition in the State Assembly YS Jaganmohan Reddy for making sweeping comments on government without knowing the realities and facts regarding irrigation projects on both Krishna and Godavari rivers, on Wednesday.

Jagan blamed the government for offering bonus of 16.9 per cent along with 5 per cent excess estimations for construction of the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation project. He also blamed  Chandrababu Naidu for taking  up the Pattiseema project by ignoring the Indira Sagar Polavaram project which will serve the entire State if it is  completed. He said that during  Naidu’s nine year tenure as CM, he did not initiate even a single work with regard to  construction of Polavaram project and did not allocate money. Until YS Rajasekhar Reddy became the chief minister,  no previous governments spent funds on the Polavaram Project. He said that because of Chandrababu Naidu’s failure in construction of projects in his nine year tenure, the  State has lost water from rivers of Krishna and Godavari. During the government of Chandrababu Naidu, the Almatti Dam height was increased, he criticized.

Reacting to Jagan’s criticism, Naidu slammed him by mentioning some facts regarding river water sharing, construction of projects and canals, arguments submitted by government to different authorities like Tribunals and Supreme Court. He said until NT Rama Rao became the chief minister, no earlier  governments initiated any action to provide water to the Rayalaseema region. “Rama Rao made it clear that our State had legitimate right to use the excess water which is draining into the sea. When Rama Rao initiated construction of Telugu Ganga project to provide water to Rayalaseema, the then opposition created hurdles. Now also  Jagan is trying to make it difficult to compete the Pattiseema Project ”,  Naidu said.

The Chief minister said that at any cost his government will complete the Pattiseema project within a year and will divert water to Rayalaseema region for drinking as well as irrigation needs. He also said government will complete the Polavaram project with the help of Prime minister Narendra Modi government within four and half years. (NSS)

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Double digit growth is our target : Chandrababu

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has set a target of reaching double digit commencing from the coming financial year despite many hurdles, including deficit finance and the Hudhud cyclone.

Replying to a discussion on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Naidu said the people in the proposed capital region had reposed confidence in him and his party by giving 33,000 acres of land voluntarily for the land pooling scheme.  He promised to do justice to all farmers who reposed faith in him and gave land for construction of the new capital. He was ready to extend additional compensation if they ask.

Regarding loan waiver for farmers, the Chief Minister said he would clear all the loans up to Rs 1.5 lakh in spite of the State’s poor financial condition. Similarly, DWCRA loans taken by women would be cleared as soon as possible.

Mr. Naidu said Andhra Pradesh suffered  multi-dimensional problems, including deficit rainfall of 36 per cent far, bore the brunt of brunt of a cyclone which destroyed assets worth Rs 69,000 crore and suffered various financial setbacks due to bifurcation. He was trying to convert the crisis into opportunity by re-constructing the State from gross root level.

He said the long coast of the State would yield economic benefits if the government developed infrastructure facilities along the sea such as international ports. He said the government has identified some 40 sectors as growth engines to boost State’s economy, such as paddy, cotton and fisheries.

The Chief Minister said both the Telugu speaking States should work together for development. He felt it was not possible for them to unless they co-operate with each other. (NSS)

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