Hyderabad: The Call Money Scandal seem not go off the radar of the political spectrum in Andhra Pradesh so soon. Despite the fact that the ruling party scored a few points against the YSRCP during the winter session of the state assembly, it is still trying hard to prove that the main opposition is at fault.
On Wednesday, the YSRCP issued a notice expressing no confidence against the State Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao. In counter to this, the ruling TDP has released a fresh round of video footage of the incidents took place on December 18, in the State Assembly. This is to prove its point, and to spike the suspended YSRCP MLA R K Roja’s version that she was a victim of ruling party’s conspiracy.
Government Chief Whip Kalava Srinivasulu said that the party decided to release the video footage for the public, to know the facts of the incident, and to disprove the arguments advanced by the YSRCP. “The YSRCP is trying to mislead the people on the incident and its MLA R K Roja was suspended having no mistake on her part. We want to disprove this, and let people know the facts. Because, it is our responsibility to tell the people about what had happened and who did what on the day of the incident.
The video footage released to the media, shows that the YSRCP Deputy Floor Leader Jyothula Nehru, MLAs Kodali Nani, R K Roja and several others are seen using abusive language, which any viewer sure to make out that it is not the langauge expected from the MLAs in the assembly. The YSRCP members were seen standing in front of the Speaker’s podium and using the words like “Psycho”, “Kama CM” and many more of the same genre.
Taking exception to the release of the video footage, Roja argued that the video foot released to media are only selective parts of the entire footage taken during the live coverage of the session on the day of the incident. She demanded to give the entire footage to figure out who was at fault.
Revealing that she wanted to wage a legal battle for justice on her suspension, she said that she was straightaway suspended for one year, without referring to the ethics committee or privileges committee. And, this is against the rules of the procedure of the house in giving punishment to an erring members of the house, she pointed out.
The challenges and counter challenges, and release of the video footage has kept the heat of the political scene souring, and both the TDP and YSRCP continue to fight with each other with changes and counter changes.
Meanwhile, sources said that the Speaker had called for an all party meeting on Wednesday. Both the ruling TDP and its alliance partner BJP had attended the meeting, and the YSRCP has given it a miss. The speaker’s office gave the CDs containing the footage of the incident to both the TDP and BJP floor leaders.
Clarifying on this, the TDP sources said that it had applied to the Speaker seeking the copy of the video footage on December 21. The YSRCP too had made a similar request on December 22. And, the BJP too sought for the copy of the footage of the incident. It was following these requests, that Kodela called for an all party meeting to discuss the issue and to give the CDs contained the video footage of the incident took place in the State Assembly, on December 18.