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Andhra minister wants assembly sessions in villages

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Hyderabad, March 26 (IANS) With Andhra Pradesh assembly now remaining paralysed for over a month on various issues, a state minister Saturday suggested that the house conduct half of its sessions in remote villages to discuss people’s problems.

Minister for Rural Development D. Manikya Varaprasad told reporters that the sessions should be held in villages in all three regions of the state – Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema.

He wrote letters to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar, mooting the idea of organising assembly sessions in rural areas.

Varaprasad suggested that the assembly meet in villages at least once in six months. “The session should be held in villages in all three regions to know and discuss the real problems of people,” he said.

He was of the view that sessions should also be held in remote villages in forests. “We don’t need huge buildings for the assembly. We can sit under a tent and find a solution to the people’s problems,” he said.

The suggestion has come at a time when the assembly has remained paralysed. The house could hardly discuss any issue in the ongoing budget session, which began Feb 17.

The legislators from Telangana did not allow the house to function last month and early this month, demanding the house first pass a resolution on the formation of a separate Telangana state.

While Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and legislators of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from Telangana have been boycotting the assembly since early March, the TDP members from other regions have paralysed the proceedings demanding a joint legislative committee (JLC) to probe land allotments to various companies.

No business was possible in the house in the last eight days due to the pandemonium over the issue. With the session coming to an end next week, there is no hope of an end to the stalemate.

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