Hyderabad: The opposition YSRCP today gave a notice of no-confidence motion against Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly speaker Kodela Sivaprasad. Party MLAs led by deputy floor leader in the Assembly Jyothula Nehru handed over the notice to the Secretary of the State Assembly, Satyanarayana. YSR Congress Legislature Party has yesterday unanimously decided to go in for a no-confidence motion against the Speaker, alleging that he was not conducting the assembly proceedings in a fair manner giving equal opportunity to all the members. It also found fault with the selective leak of non-broadcast TV feed of the Assembly proceedings to social media.
Speaking after giving the notice, party MLAs Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao and others said the notice was being given only because they were left with no other alternative. They alleged that the Speaker was behaving in a very partial manner.
Nehru said the party has taken strong objection to the style of functioning of the Speaker and they have to take the unfortunate decision to move the no-confidence motion. ‘We had earlier also thought of moving the motion but gave a second thought assuming that the proceedings would go on smoothly but things did not improve but went from bad to worse,” he added.
YSRCP chief YS Jagan addressed a media conference on the conduct of the AP Legislative Assembly session and the way the discussion on the Call Money Scam, in which TDP legislators were allegedly involved, was sought to be scuttled. Here are the highlights of his media address:
He said everyone wanted the Assembly to discuss the whole issue of Call Money threadbare as the TDP legislators and other key leaders were involved. But, the session was only for five days. The Opposition wanted the house session to be conducted for at least 10 days to discuss several key issues. But, the government wanted it to be only for five days. Thus, this session has no meaning.
To scuttle the call money issue, the TDP government sought to dilute the issue by conducting raids all across the state on money lenders.
The Ambedkar issue was brought in to delay the debate. The Ambedkar issue was not listed in the business of the house for the day. The TDP tried to take refuge in Ambedkar at a time when the whole state was simmering over the sexual abuse of hapless women.
Jagan said that Roja was suspended for an unprecedented one year while the rule quoted by the Speaker himself says that a member could be suspended only for the period of the session. Roja was suspended so that her voice would be silenced.
Bills like private universities bill, which has serious implications for students, parents and the state as a whole, was passed without debate.
Jagan further said that the tribals of Vizag agency are demanding the withdrawal of GO 97 that allows bauxite mining. But, Chandrababu has only kept it in abeyance. Chandrababu has always tried to give away bauxite mining to corporate and private bodies.(NSS)