Governor gets first-hand information Council issue
Amidst Republic Day celebrations, AP Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan, had made an attempt to get first-hand information on the political developments in the State.
The Governor had met Assembly Speaker Thammineni Sitaram, and Council Chairman M A Shariff in Raj Bhavan on Sunday. He held separate discussions with them for half-an-hour in the closed room.
It is believed that the Governor had taken the information on the developments from Council Chairman Shariff. The Chairman had reportedly briefed the Governor on the sequence of incidents that happened in the Council before and after the introduction of the two bills of the government on Wednesday, January 22. The Chairman had used his discretionary powers to send the bills to the select committee with the government on one side and the opposition on the other putting heavy pressure on him on the two bills.
Shariff had also explained to the Governor on the strength of the parties in the House and the demands of the parties. He had also briefed the Governor about the rule position and the reasons for him to refer the bills to the select committee. The chairman is likely to constitute the select committees in a day or two as he had already written to them to give names for the committees.
The Governor had also met Assembly Speaker Thammineni Sitaram and collected his views on the reactions of the Chief Minister in the House against the Legislative Council. The Speaker had reportedly told the Governor about the rule position in both the Houses and the discretionary powers of the Presiding officers at such critical situations.
It is to be seen what the Government would be doing if his intervention is required. The opposition TDP had given him a representation on the issue and sought his intervention. Some of the farmers have also met the Governor in the last one month and given him representations opposing the State government’s move to shift the capital from Amaravati. The Raj Bhavan is in possession of the AP CRDA Act, the Land Pooling System, the promises made to the farmers by the previous government, the agreements reached by the TDP government with various stake holders on Amaravati development and the views of present government, the sources said.