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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