YSRCP drops No-Trust Motion

  • Jagan says it was intended to belittle Speaker
  • Kodela accepts the explanation, ends discord

HYDERABAD: The YSR Congress Party on Friday dropped the no-confidence motion moved against Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao.

The YSRCP had moved the no-confidence motion protesting against the alleged partisan attitude of the Speaker. However, YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy withdrew the motion at the request of BJP floor leader Vishnu Kumar Raju.

Yielding to the request of Vishnu, YSRCP chief said their intention was not to remove Kodela from the Speaker’s post. “We were deeply hurt by the way the House was being run and unfortunate incidents happened. We hope that being a presiding officer, you would run the House in an orderly manner. Our party has only 67 MLAs and we never thought that we can remove the Chair,” he admitted.

Jagan also recalled that his party had unanimously backed Kodela when his name was proposed for the Speaker’s post. “We have immense faith and trust in you. We hope you would make sure that we don’t get hurt in the House in future” he said. “We do not have any objection over withdrawal of the no-confidence motion by Leader of the Opposition, since the motion was moved by his party only”, Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu responded to Jagan’s proposal. The Speaker said in the view of Jagan’s appeal, the motion stands cancelled.

In fact, in the Business Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, the YSRCP demanded a debate on the motion and it was scheduled to be admitted on April 4. But, after the dramatic events by the Opposition, the motion was cancelled in the House. Yesterday, there was debate on the privilege motion moved by ruling TDP MLA Anitha on nine YSRCP MLAs regarding disrespect to the Speaker. After the unconditional apology expressed by the YSRCP leaders, the government as well as Speaker accepted that generously and did not punish them.

Interestingly, in a reciprocal manner, the YSRCP agreed to withdraw the no-confidence motion against the Speaker with the request of Vishnu today. But there are other privilege motions against the Chief Minister, ministers and members of the both the parties are pending. (NSS)

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