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14 TDP MLAs suspended from AP Assembly for a day

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Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was among the 14 TDP MLAs who were suspended for a day from the AP Legislative Assembly on Monday.

The suspensions came after the TDP MLAs led by Mr. Naidu staged a sit-in in front of the Speaker’s podium in protest against the highhanded behaviour of the ruling YCP Government. The TDP was angry over its members not being given any chance to speak on the contentious issue of cyclone relief to the farmers and the affected people.

The TDP members were also agitated that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was making unparliamentary remarks against the Leader of the Opposition in the House.

The remaining 13 suspended TDP MLAs were K. Atchannaiudu, Payyavula Keshav, Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, Nimmala Rama Naidu, Adireddy Bhavani, Velagapudi Ramakrishna, Dola Bala Veeranjaneya Swamy, Mantena Rama Raju, Yeluri Sambasiva Rao, Gadde Rammohan, Jogeswara Rao, Anagani Satya Prasad and Bendalam Ashok.

The Speaker made repeated appeals to the TDP members who remained seated in the podium for a long time demanding enough for them to speak on the cyclone damage. They deplored that while the ruling YCP members were given lot of time time present their views, the Opposition members were being totally discouraged.

In view of heavy cyclone damage, the TDP was demanding the Government to give compensation immediately to help the farmers take up the rabi crops. The Opposition party was also demanding Rs. 10,000 cyclone relief assistance to each poor family who lost their livelihoods.

The farmers were not getting the micro irrigation subsidy. Input subsidy and disaster compensation were not being paid. CM Jagan Reddy turned out to be a ‘betrayer of farmers’.

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AP House passes Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill

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The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday passed the Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill amid protests from the opposition TDP members.

The TDP members demanded that the bill be reconsidered while Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy contended that the bill had already been comprehensively debated in the Assembly and sent to the Legislative Council.

The TDP members urged Speaker Tammineni Sitaram to allow discussion on the Bill. The Speaker that the Legislative Council had sent the Bill to the Assembly seeking amendments. But, the TDP members have demanded the Speaker to take up discussion.

Later, the TDP members walked out from the legislative assembly in protest against the passage of the Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill without discussion. Minister Kanna Babu remarked that the TDP does not see any other farmers except the Amaravati farmers. He said that CM Jagan would fulfill every promise given to the farmers.

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AP Council abolition passed in Assembly

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The AP Assembly passed a resolution abolishing the Legislative Council. The main Opposition party TDP stayed away from the session in protest against the move. CM Jaganmohan Reddy introduced the resolution. He told the Assembly that there is no need for continuing the Council when it is obstructing the people-friendly bills being introduced by the government. Jagan asked whether the Council is there to create hurdles for the government and stop welfare programmes. CM accused the Council of stopping the decentralisation bill which was aimed at bringing balanced development in all regions in the state.

Interestingly, Jagan got old videos of Chandrababu Naidu screened in the Assembly. In those videos, Naidu spoke in the House in the past opposing revival of the Legislative Council. Also, videos of Naidu passing serious comments against PM Modi were shown to the MLAs. Naidu objected to abolition saying that it was politically motivated.
The voting was held on today’s abolition resolution in the Assembly. All the 133 MLAs present in the Assembly voted in favour of the resolution. Jana Sena lone MLA Rapaka Vara Prasad also voted in favour of Jagan resolution.

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Nine TDP MLAs suspended from Andhra Assembly

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Nine members of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were suspended for one day from Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday for stalling the proceedings of the House.

Speaker Tammineni Seetharam suspended the TDP legislators after Minister for Finance and Legislative Affairs Buggana Rajendranath moved a resolution to this effect.

As the suspended members refused to leave the House, they were bodily lifted and taken out by the marshals on the direction of the Speaker.

The opposition legislators were staging protest over certain allegations made by Finance Minister while replying to debate on state capital Amaravati.

Rajendranath alleged that the previous TDP government had turned Amaravati into real estate development business with many leaders of the then ruling party benefiting from it.

The minister alleged that the TDP leaders resorted to insider trading by buying prime lands in and around Amaravati at throwaway prices before announcing the location of the new state capital.

He claimed that investigations carried out after YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) came to power revealed that over 4000 acres of land were bought by TDP leaders in ‘benami’. He said Heritage Foods, a family firm of TDP President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, was also a beneficiary.

Earlier, there were heated exchanges between the ruling and opposition parties over Amaravati. Leader of Opposition Chandrababu Naidu slammed the government for killing Amaravati by creating confusion and driving away the investors.

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Andhra Assembly passes Bill for death to rapists

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Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously passed two Bills, providing death penalty for rapists in cases where there is conclusive evidence and for stringent punishment in cases of other sexual offences against women and children.

The Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill-Criminal Law (Andhra Pradesh Amendment) Bill 2019 amending the India Penal Code, says that all cases regarding offences against women will be investigated and tried expeditiously with provisions of death penalty.

The judgment period has been reduced to 21 days from four months prescribed under Nirbhaya Act, 2013 and Criminal Amendment Act, 2018.

Under the Bill passed on Friday, the investigation will be completed in seven working days and trial completed in 14 working days.

The Bill is named after Disha, as the victim in the recent gang-rape and murder case of Hyderabad was called by the police to protect her identity.

Andhra Pradesh became first state in the country to come with such a Bill in the wake of the national outrage over Hyderabad veterinarian’s rape and murder.

Chief Minister Y. S Jagan Mohan Reddy told the Assembly that Disha Bill is in the concurrent list of State and Centre and it will be sent for President’s assent.

Reddy noted that in Nirbhaya Case the culprits are yet to be punished. He said outcry the recent Disha case received was considered before drafting the Bills.

He was apparently referring to many people hailing the killing of all four accused in an “encounter” by the police on December 6, nearly 10 days after they allegedly committed the gruesome crime.

“The government of Andhra Pradesh has prescribed exclusively death penalty for rape crimes where adequate conclusive evidence is there. No other options are provided. The provision is given by amending Section 376 of Indian Penal Code, 1860,” the government said, calling the Bill historic.

The Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill-Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children Bill, 2019 will enable the state government to set up exclusive special courts for speedy trial of specified offences against women and children.

It prescribes life imprisonment for other sexual offences against children and for this news sections 354 F and 354 G will be added to the IPC.

In cases of harassment of women through social or digital media, the Bill prescribed two years of imprisonment for the first conviction and four years for second and subsequent convictions. For this Section 354 E will be inserted in the IPC.

To ensure speedy trial, the state will set up exclusive special courts in all the 13 districts to deal with cases of offences against women and children including rape, acid attacks, stalking, voyeurism, social media harassment of women, sexual harassment and all cases under POCSO Act.

The state will also employ special public prosecutors and special police force dedicated for such crimes only.

A Women and Children Offenders Registry will be maintained and will be in public domain and available to law enforcement agencies.

Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharitha said even in cases of sexual assault on children, the judgment period has been reduced from one year to 21 days.

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Video: 4 TDP MLAs Suspended From AP Assembly

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Video: YS Jagan fires on Chandrababu Naidu In AP Assembly

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YCP MLAs doing ‘Jagannamasmarana’ in Assembly?

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The Muslim Minority community is taking strong objection to the comparison of CM Jaganmohan Reddy to Allah the Almighty. They are demanding apologies from Jagan and YCP Labour Minister Jayaram. The sensitive issue became a heated debate after Minister dared to make the comparison in the Assembly. The Muslim leaders say that it’s banned in the Quran itself that nobody should venture to make comparisons with Allah the Merciful.

The latest controversy triggered comments against the YCP MLAs’ overall behaviour in the House. Analysts say that the ruling party MLAs have made it a single-point agenda to do Jagan Bhajana and Jagannamasmarana during the Assembly debates without trying to discuss people’s problems. This is evident from how a minister himself so recklessly compared Jagan with the Allah. Such comparisons in the past have thrown leaders into big controversies. There is a feeling that Jagan is also encouraging this fanaticism and not trying to enlighten his party MLAs on making meaningful debates in the Assembly.

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Bill for 75% jobs to locals in Andhra industries passed

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to reserve 75 per cent of jobs to locals in all industries in the state even as Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy assured the industry that his government will extend every possible help to them.

The bill, passed by a voice vote, is aimed at providing three-fourth of all jobs for locals in all industries, including units, factories, joint ventures and projects set up under public-private partnership mode in the state.

Claiming that it is a pro-industry move, Jagan Reddy alleged that some vested interests doing false propaganda that this will lead to closure of industrial units and stop flow of industrial investment into the state.

After the debate on the bill in the absence of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Chief Minister tried to allay the apprehensions over the legislation.

Defending the move to reserve jobs for locals, he said this would make people accept the industries and thus help them to prosper.

Assuring that there will be no corruption at any level in the state, Jagan Reddy said the government would pursue a transparent policy for industrialisation.

“We are ready to do anything for you. We only want jobs for our children,” the Chief Minister told the industry.

He said the industries make promises to local people and acquire lands but after setting the units, fail to provide jobs to local educated youth. “Why will people come forward to give land if their children and the educated youth do not get jobs,” he asked.

Jagan Reddy said due to lack of jobs in the state, educated youth were forced to migrate to cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai and even abroad.

He believes that with this legislation, a situation will be created where people will accept industry and come forward to give their lands.

He said if the industries did not find required qualification and skills among locals in the immediate vicinity of their plant, they can enlarge the area of their search to ‘mandal’ (block), district or even state.

He announced that a skill development centre will be set up in an engineering college in every parliamentary constituency to train educated youth in the skills required for the industry in that constituency.

The Chief Minister said existing industries get three years to provide 75 per cent jobs to locals. The government will spend the money and work with the industry to train the youth in the required skills.

Several members of ruling YSR Congress Party, who participated in the debate, hailed the bill as a historic move.

A couple of members including Mekapati Goutham Reddy said the move was in line with the global trend. They pointed out that Donald Trump won the US Presidential elections on the promise of jobs to Americans.

They said the move will help people in rural areas, who were losing their lands and livelihood for industries but were not getting any benefit from them.

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TDP boycotts Assembly over MLAs suspensions

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The TDP tried to raise the issue of its MLAs suspensions in the Assembly but its pleas were not allowed. Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu registered his protest and walked out of the House along with his party MLAs. Later, along with the suspended MLAs, the TDP leaders staged dharna in front of the Assembly. They raised slogans against the dictatorial attitude of the Jagan Reddy government.

The TDP announced that it is boycotting the day’s session in the Assembly in protest against the ruling YCP not allowing its members to raise and debate on issues like unwarranted suspensions, unfulfilled promises and so on.

The YCP is unwilling to allow TDP MLAs to prolong the debate on the welfare pensions for SC, ST, BC and Minority women aged above 45 years. The TDP is sticking to its demand that CM Jagan should honour and fulfil his election promises instead of indulging in fake propaganda about passing bills on jobs, nominated posts and works. TDP MLAs suspensions too became a subject of serious clash between the ruling and opposition parties.

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Video: 3 TDP MLAs suspended from AP Assembly

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Video: MLA Roja Comments on Chandrababu Naidu

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TDP stages walk-out from the Assembly

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A sort of revenge drama is enacted in the AP Assembly today. The ruling YCP didn’t give a chance for the TDP members to stage walk-out initially when there was heated debate on the non-fulfilment of Jagan’s promise on welfare pensions for persons above 45 years of age. Three TDP MLAs were suspended immediately for the entire session. This was seen as revenge taken by the YCP against TDP which caused suspensions of YCP MLAs in the previous regime. MLA Roja was seen enjoying the suspension drama a lot as she faced longer suspension in the last House.

Wasting no time, Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu rose and demanded that the suspensions be withdrawn. The ruling party members said that any such decision would be taken by Jagan who was not present at that time. Immediately, Naidu along with his party members staged walk-out from the House.

All focus was on the happy Roja who kept shouting and mocking the TDP MLAs as the Marshalls led them out of the Assembly.

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Will BJP target TDP MLAs now?

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Political circles are agog with speculation on the next move of the Modi-Shah duo in Andhra Pradesh. Will they target and lure TDP MLAs also into the BJP fold now? Rumours are circulating that the BJP’s next game plan is to finish off the TDP in the AP Assembly. Thereby, it wants to shake the morale and confidence of the TDP leaders and cadres in the leadership of Chandrababu Naidu.

Afterwards, the BJP wants to step up its activities to lure TDP leaders and activists in district and mandal levels. The BJP is confident that the ruling YCP will not cause any hurdles in its path. The YCP is just playing a catalysing role to hurt Naidu as much as possible.

BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav is taking part in the TANA functions in America soon. There he is meeting with Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Payyavula Kesav and other leaders. More political surprises are expected in the next few weeks.

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Video: Speaker Sitaram fires on Atchannaidu in AP Assembly

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Andhra Assembly passes resolution on SCS

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to accord Special Category Status (SCS) to the state without any further delay.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy moved the resolution which was adopted by voice vote on the last day of the first session of the newly-elected Assembly.

Jagan Reddy said SCS was the state’s lifeline and it alone could undo the injustices meted to the state by dividing the united Andhra Pradesh without taking into consideration the view of the majority of the people.

Jagan, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, said his government had to move the resolution as during the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government the Assembly passed a resolution thanking the Centre for the special package announced in lieu of the SCS.

Jagan, who led his YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to power last month, said the state needed the SCS and not a special package. He alleged that the previous government failed to safeguard the state’s interests by agreeing to the special package.

The debate on the resolution was marred by an exchange of words between Jagan Reddy and Leader of Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu, with the latter defending his stand saying he agreed to the special package only after he was assured by the Centre that the state would get the same benefits it would have received under the SCS.

Naidu said he visited New Delhi 29 times to take up the issue of the SCS but the Centre failed to fulfil its commitment.

Naidu said now that the YSRCP has won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats, it should fight with the Centre for the SCS and assured the TDP’s support for it.

Jagan, in his speech, pointed out that during the last five years the state’s revenue deficit was Rs 66,362 crore — three times more than the estimate by the 14th Finance Commission.

He said the state’s debts, which stood at Rs 97,000 crore at the time of bifurcation, rose to over Rs 2.58 lakh crore in the last five years. The state is paying Rs 40,000 crore every year towards debt servicing including Rs 20,000 crore as interest.

He explained how the SCS alone could help the state to tide over the financial crisis and ensure its comprehensive development.

Jagan Reddy pointed out that the state was divided on the promise that the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh would be granted SCS. He wondered how Parliament could divide the state without fulfilling the promise made in the Parliament.

The Chief Minister brushed aside the claims that the Centre is not according SCS in view of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.

He recalled that the Union Cabinet on March 2, 2014, passed a resolution approving SCS for Andhra Pradesh and the subsequent cabinet directed the Planning Commission to implement the decision. He said the previous state government failed to take up the issue with the Planning Commission. He said it was only after January 1, 2015 that the Planning Commission was dissolved and Niti Aayog was created.

On the demands for SCS by other states, Jagan said only Andhra Pradesh was divided by Parliament with the pre-condition that the residuary state will be accorded SCS to compensate it for the revenue losses.

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Video: Chandrababu Vs Jagan In AP Assembly

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Notification for AP Assembly session from June 12

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Governor ESL Narasimhan issued notification for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly brief session from June 12. It will be held for three to four days. This is the first session being held after the recent general election in which YCP won 151 seats, TDP 23 and Jana Sena 1. The rival parties are making strategies for the first session.

CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy is busy making up his Cabinet ministry by ensuring a balance of castes and communities. Already, there are murmurs in political circles only his caste is getting priority whether in the nominated posts or appointments of bureaucrats.

Meanwhile, TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu has called for the TDP Legislature Party meeting on June 11. He has discussed how to motivate the party cadres and counter the attacks from the ruling party leaders. He told the party leaders that their party would give some time to the ruling YCP to perform on the promises it made to the people and how it would go about implementing them. At the same time, the ruling party’s misdeeds at the field level should be countered effectively.

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Did AP assembly fail monsoon test?

Andhra Pradesh assembly building flunked the first monsoon test. The three-month old building constructed at a cost of 120crore rupees couldn’t sustain heavy downpour on Tuesday at Velagapudi in Guntur district. A video posted by YSR Congress party on its social media page shows the water pouring from the damaged false ceiling and AC in the Opposition Leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s chamber. The YSR Congress Party is visibly making a mountain of the leak.

YCP leaders who were on a fact-finding mission today, were denied entry into the assembly premises. Consequently, they staged a dharna at assembly gate with black cloth tied around their mouth. The opposition party leaders criticized that the new secretariat is already in ruins. As per the reports even the media was barred from entering the Assembly premises.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed anger over the water leakage in the assembly. He asked the CRDA commissioner to probe into the incident and report with the details. On the other hand, the CID officials examined the reasons for water leak in the Jagan’s Chamber. The CID found that the rainwater pipe on the chamber was cut. Assembly Speaker Kodela Shiva Prasad said that the CID was investigating the possibility of a conspiracy.

CRDA Commissioner Ch Sridhar reportedly said that there were no shortcomings in building construction but the leakage was due to a pipe sunk into the ceiling as part of recent electrical work. He said that water entered as the sunshade was not of enough length in some building. He asserted that the required repairs are being done and moving forward precautions would be taken for future constructions.

The temporary assembly was built in a record time of 190days and about hundred crore expenditure buildings in a tech-savy manner. Even if the quality of construction was assumed to be blameless, the maintenance of the structure is in debateable. Despite being a a small issue, the TDP government should take it up seriously, to avoid being grilled about the permanent structures.

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You can’t run Assembly, Jagan warns Chandrababu

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Guntur: YSR Congress president and Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday, issued a serious warning about conducting the Assembly session scheduled for the second half of this month. “You can’t run the Assembly session,” he warned and wanted Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to address the issues of the farmers in the State.

Jaganmohan Reddy addressed the people concluding his two-day protest here. He listed out the steep fall in the prices of agriculture produce starting from Chillies to Mangoes and appealed to the government to intervene and help the farmers. He wanted the government to enter the markets and provide minimum guarantee price to the farmers who were either destroying their produce or committing suicide. He said that the farmers of 18 varieties of crops were looking for help from the government as the prices in the market have come down alarmingly.

The YSR Congress chief said that the Chief Minister was planning to hold two-day special session of Assembly this month to pass the GST Bill. He said his party and the farmers in the State would not allow the government to conduct the proceedings of the Assembly. He wanted the Chief Minister to solve the farmers’ issues first before thinking of the GST.

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