YSRCP MLAs walkout
- Jagan, MLAs calls on Governor, briefs about developments
- To go for no-confidence motion against speaker
- To stay away till debate starts on the motion
HYDERABAD: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Thursday staged a walkout from the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in protest against the suspension of its members and for being disallowed to speak on the issue of loan waiver by leader of the Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao disallowed Jagan’s speech by explaining that the latter utilized his rightful time on budget discussion. Let other members be allowed to express their views in the House, the Speaker said. Even after the Speaker’s clarification, YSRCP chief tried to speak on farmers’ loan waiver issue. But the Speaker cut his mike. Protesting against this, the YSRCP MLAs trooped into the well of the House and began arguing with the Speaker and shouted at him. The Opposition members stalled the House for fifth consecutive day of budget session, and demanded detailed debate on budget.
Amidst strong protests and storming the podium, Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu moved a motion to suspend eight YSRCP MLAs. They were suspended from the House for three days (March 23). The suspended MLAs were: Gadikota Srikanth Reddy, Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, G Mutyala Naidu, Chirla Jaggireddy, Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy, Shivaprasad Reddy, Kodali Nani, Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and Sheikh Chand Basha. The suspended members were forcibly evicted from the House by marshals. Protesting this, YS Jagan and the remaining YSRCP MLAs staged a walkout.
Yanamala emphasized the urgent need to constitute an ‘ethics committee’ to prevent such events which are diminishing the integrity of the House and the status of the Speaker. He made it clear that the language that was used by the Opposition members against the Speaker would come under contempt of the House as well as contempt of the chair. To maintain dignity of the chair, the Speaker had to initiate action against those who make abusive comments in and out of the Assembly, he added.
YSRCP, on Thursday, gave a notice of no-confidence motion against Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao to Legislature Secretary Satyanarayana. The party also announced that it would not attend the House during debate on budget this session except on the day of voting on the no-confidence motion against the Speaker.
The YSRCP also called on the Governor earlier in the day and complained against the hostile attitude of the government and expressed displeasure over the partisan functioning of the Speaker. This is for the first time that the Opposition in any State deciding to shun the Assembly on the grounds of partisan attitude of the presiding officer.
Speaking to mediapersons, Jagan accused the government of repeatedly interrupting him while talking. He said the government does not have patience to know the facts. “Is this the way to run the House? The house is being run in the most despicable manner. How can people’s problems be highlighted if the Opposition’s voice is muzzled?” Jagan asked.
The YSRCP chief reiterated his appeal to telecast at least the last five minutes of his speech on the budget in the AP legislative Assembly so that people can judge for themselves whether what he spoke was right or wrong. He accused the Speaker of involving himself in stopping him from speaking. Jagan said the Speaker has passed a dictum disallowing him to highlight the faulty budgetary allocations. He said the TDP was resorting to repeated disruptions to stall his speech, because it did not want the truth to come out. Senior leader Mysoora Reddy and all YSRCP MLAs were present. (NSS)