Special status derails Assembly

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The Opposition YSR Congress has finally succeeded in hogging the limelight today by scuttling the House transacting the business as per the agenda. In the afternoon, speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao adjourned the house as the entire opposition rushed into the well and chanted the slogans. They raised the slogans when chief minister Naidu was reading out a statement on the status of the demand for special category status to Andhra Pradesh. While giving the background of the need to have special status, Naidu attacked the YSR Congress for its role in the division of the state. He asked the opposition party to tell why it had withdrew the notice of no-confidence motion given in the Lok Sabha. Naidu’s virulent attack on Jagan’s politics provoked YSRC member to rush in to the well to stage dharna. They did not allow the chief minister to continue with his statement. Speaker tried to persuade the opposition leader by asking him to wait for his turn to speak on the statement and use the opportunity to say whatever he wanted. Legislative affairs minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, government chief whip Kalava Srinivasulu, minister Achhannaidu and many TDP MLAs disapproved of the YSRC’s attitude in the House. As the opposition members refused to pay heed to the chair’s advice to resume their seats, Speaker Kodela adjourned the House for the day.

The House sat for a five-day monsoon session this morning which is to last for five days. What is interesting is chief minister Naidu’s warning to Jagan that he would not take it lying down if the opposition leader wants take the house for a ride. Since morning Naidu had been aggressive. His stand was consistent that it was Jagan who was responsible for the division of the state. The marked difference of the this session from the previous sessions, TDP, instead of attacking Jagan’s father and grandfather, this time launched an effective counter attack against Jagan. While Jagan blames the TDP for the denial of special status, TDP retorted by stating that the need for special status arose because of YSRCP’s collusion with Congress to divide Andhra Pradesh just to get relief for its leader from the CBI cases.

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