Jagan goes for abolition of Council
As anticipated Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday tabled the AP Legislative Council Abolition draft bill at the Cabinet meeting held this morning.
The Cabinet had approved the proposal and is likely to be tabled in the Assembly this morning. The cabinet studied the bill, which was prepared by the law department of the government last week.The Council was abolished in 1985 by the then TDP government headed by late N T Rama Rao, but was revived by the Congress government led by late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy in 2007.
While Rajasekhar Reddy wanted the Upper House, his son, who claims to be the legal and political heir of his father and late leader, is undoing what his father did.
The Legislative Council ceases to exist once the Parliament passes it and the President approves it. Give the political connections between the ruling YSR Congress in the State and the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, the process might take a few months.
Jaganmohan Reddy was upset the way the TDP misused the Legislative Council with majority that the party has in the House, ignoring the rule of law and the constitutional obligations. He also turned angry for the Upper House for not honouring the peoples’ mandate that was given in favour of the YSR Congress, but followed the TDP’s majority in the House.