Let there be difference between Jagan and Naidu
The two Telugu States and at least two BJP-ruled States in the country are looking forward to watch the developments of Andhra Pradesh on the day, particularly in reference to the speculations over the abolition of the Legislative Council, scheduled to come up before the cabinet meeting first and then the Assembly on Monday.
Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy had dropped enough indications in the Assembly on January 23 on the abolition of the Council, which failed to be democratic and understand the peoples’ mandate. He was angry with the Council for referring the two crucial bills to a select committee, much against the rules and conventions of the House. He said the decision to send the bills to select committee were purely political game and not a democratic practice or the provisions of the constitution.
The statement of the chief minister in the Assembly had sent shivers down the spine of the MLCs who would be losing their protocol and perks if the council is abolished. Most of them have their term till June 2021 while majority, including Nara Lokesh, have their term for May 2023. As several of them are not ready to lose these protocol and perks, it is said that they have got in touch with some key leaders of the ruling party proposing to stay away from the TDP. This would mean that the ruling YSR Congress would have no problem in carry out its business in the Upper House hence forth.
However, when the proposal was reportedly taken to the notice of the chief minister after the Republic Day celebrations, the chief minister is understood to have told in serious tone to them not to equate him with TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu by encouraging defections. “I am a different politician altogether. You must have understood it by now. There is a lot of difference between Chandrababu Naidu and Jaganmohan Reddy. I am ready to sacrifice anything to stand by my words. I won’t encourage defections as the TDP chief did in the past,” Jaganmohan Reddy is understood have told the party leaders who met him with a proposal to split the TDP.
The angry Jaganmohan Reddy had also told them to leave his room and never come back if they make any attempt to encourage defections. “Don’t ever try to compare my politics with that of Chandrababu Naidu,” Jaganmohan Reddy told his leaders and closed the doors in the party for any sort of discussion on the Legislative Council.