Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) on the 27th of January, moved a statutory resolution to abolish the Legislative Council of A.P.
With the support of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs,) the one day Assembly session approved the resolution.
Before the Assembly session, the YSRCP Government conducted a Cabinet meeting, where the resolution was approved by the Cabinet ministers.
After the Cabinet meeting, Tammineni Sitaram, the Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, also conducted a Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting.
While the YSRCP MLAs welcomed the resolution to abolish the Legislative Council, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLAs opposed it and boycotted the Assembly.
Alla Nani, one of the YSRCP members, criticised the TDP for creating hurdles and said if the State Government did not stop the Legislative Council Chairman, it would be an issue for the growth and development of the State.
Alla Nani said, “We lost the Hyderabad after developing for nearly six decades. Now, the State and public is not in a position to afford such blunder again. Hence, the Chief Minister has proposed for three capitals with an aim of decentralized development across the thirteen districts. At the same time, the Chief Minister never said that he would seize the development of the Amaravati. He added that the public across the State expressed displeasure over the concentration of the development at one place alone—Amaravati. In addition to that, the Sri Rama Krishnan Committee also suggested that the soil in this area is not suitable for developing capital city. But, Chandrababu Naidu ignored all these to benefit the TDP leaders and their followers (sic.)”
He further said, “Chandrababu Naidu has been playing (a) double game. He accepted the Bills like Commission for SCs and STs and English Medium in the Assembly. But, he opposed it in the Council, where his son Nara Lokesh is representing.”
Meanwhile, the TDP leaders are also going to have a meeting and discuss the capital decentralisation issue.
Stay tuned for further updates.