TDP’s conspiracy to stall the Bills
There has been a conspiracy in the way the two bills; AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Act (Repeal) Bill, have been referred to selection committee on Wednesday by the Legislative Council Chairman, said Minister for Finance and Legislative Affairs Buggana Rajendranath.
He that the Council Chairman has not been given discretionary powers of Rule 154 to refer the bills to a selection committee. Moreover, a proper procedure has not been followed to refer the bills to the selection committee. He said that according to rules, government business should be prioritized. But the opposition party leaders have raised Rule 71 which is a special provision to discuss government policy and for the Legislative Council to give its opinion on it. This rule was not in any state’s constitutional procedures but under some special circumstances a few years ago, Rule 71 was included in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council.
The minister said despite prioritizing the government business the opposition party was adamant on Rule 71 and it has been permitted to take up Rule 71. During the discussion, the two government bills have been taken into consideration, but all of a sudden the opposition has mentioned that they have sent a letter to the chairman to refer the bills to the selection committee.
He said that the leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu was present in the Council gallery during the discussion and was sitting quite opposite the Council Chairman while he was reading out the note and quite before mentioning the selection committee, the chairman had seen Naidu and referred the two bills to the selection committee. It was very clear that the chairman was influenced by Naidu, he added. If this is the case what is the point in having the people’s elected body, the Legislative Assembly, he asked.
The minister said that the issue should be elaborately discussed. About Rs 60 crore is being spent on the council just to take suggestions but not to block the government’s work. If it was to block the government’s work there is no meaning for the Assembly sessions. He termed the TDP actions as atrocious and unjustifiable. A decision should be taken after comprehensive consideration and ensure that there shall be no such situation to block the government in future, he added.