Turmoil in AP Assembly as YSRC and TDP slug it out

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was repeatedly plunged into turmoil on Tuesday as the YSR Congress and the ruling Telugu Desam party engaged in an unending slanging match.

The House witnessed continuous protests by YSR Congress besides several adjournments.  The main Opposition also staged a walkout to register its protest against Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao’s decision to disallow an adjournment motion for discussing the issue of loan waiver to DWACRA groups.

Soon as the House assembled, the YSRC kept pressing its demand but the Speaker to refused to admit the motion. He advised the party to raise the issue in an appropriate form and offered to allow a debate on the loan waiver issue only then.

The Speaker said that as Leader of the Opposition Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy should be aware of the rules, Parliamentary procedures and traditions of the House. At one stage, he even warned Mr. Reddy against provoking members of his party to come into the well every time. This was not correct, he said.

The House was adjourned three times amid continuous protests by YSRC members.  Ruling TDP members and Ministers alleged that Mr. Jagan and his party members were trying to stall a calling attention motion seeking discussion on the abdication and murder of Kummitha Narasimha Reddy in Prakasam District, fifteen days back.

They alleged that the murder conspiracy was hatched by Gandluri Veera Prathapa Reddy, Managing Director of Veerabadhra Minerals Pvt. Ltd and close relative of Y. S. Avinash Reddy, Mr. Jagan’s cousin. Deputy Chief Minister Chinna Rajappa said Veera Prathapa Reddy and seven  others kidnapped Narasimha Reddy following land-related disputes.

YSRC and TDP members blame each other

Ministers  K. Atchannaidu Kinjarapu, P. Narayana, D. Uma Maheswara Rao, Chinarajappa, Kamineni Srinivas and P. Manikyala Rao accused Mr. Jagan of indulging in multi-crore  corruption. They argued that the YSR Congress president was afraid that his criminal past would catch up with him. They said special training classes must be conducted for the Leader of Opposition and his team on how to behave in the House.

Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy gave it back in equally strong terms to Ministers and Chief Minister N.  Chandrababu Naidu. He alleged that though Mr. Naidu started his political career with just two and half acres of land, he had amassed crores through Heritage Foods chain.

The Opposition Leader said that if the TDP leaders genuinely believed that the BJP had done injustice to the State by not granting the special category status and not sanctioning incentives proposed under the AP Reorganization Act, they should withdraw the Ministers in the Central cabinet and remove the BJP ministers in the State Cabinet with immediate effect.

BJP Ministers P. Manikyala Rao and Kamineni Srinivas, lambasting Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy, said the TDP-BJP coalition was formed before the general elections for the development of state as well as country. They said they would not oblige Mr. Reddy by breaking their bond. They said the BJP would never seek the support of corrupt parties like the YSRCP.

Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy alleged that the Speaker was adopting discriminatory attitude towards the Opposition party by not giving an opportunity to its members to speak in the House. He said the Speaker was always cutting off the mike to prevent them from debating any matter that was relevant to social issues. (NSS)

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