Hyderabad: The state Assembly on Tuesday, the last day of the Budget Session, adopted the Appropriation Bill amid chaos.
The House was rocked by the persistent demand of the opposition for appointment of a House Committee to go into the land allocations made during the YS Rajasekhara Reddy regime. Opposition parties insisted that the Appropriation Bill which empowers the government to draw funds as per the budgetary allocations, should be introduced only after the appointment of the House Committee. The TDP led by its leader Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu and other opposition parties have demanded debate on the Hasan Ali disclosures about the involvement of state politicians in his black money dealings. They said they would cooperate with the government in passing the Appropriation Bill only after the discussion.
Even as the opposition was on its feet and raised slogans, the Finance Minister Mr. Anam Ramanarayana Reddy introduced the Appropriation Bill and the House adopted it without discussion.
The Finance Minister has earlier found fault with the attitude of the opposition parties. He said Opposition Leader Mr. Chandrababu Naidu was speaking in such a way that he trusted no one. He lamented that though the government was keen on running the business in accordance with the constitution, despite having a clear majority, the opposition was forcing it to scuttle some procedures. He said the Appropriation Bill needed to be sent to the Upper House for its concurrence and hence it became necessary to adopt it in the lower house.
Intervening, the Chief Minister Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy reminded the members that the term of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council were ending on Tuesday, and requested the opposition to cooperate in passing the Bill.
Roads and Buildings Minister, Mr Dharmana Prasada Rao, who was earlier the Revenue Minister, told the members that the Appropriation Bill needed to be passed on this day itself as there would be a constitutional crisis.
DISCUSSION ON LAND ALLOCATIONS INSISTED
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu lamented that the government had agreed for a discussion on the land allocations only after the House was stalled by the opposition parties for nine days. He said the government should first announce the appointment of the House Committee before taking up the Appropriation Bill or it could introduce the Bill after discussion on land allocations. Pointing that the government had released visuals of the opposition obstructing the governor’s address to the joint session of the Legislature earlier, he has questioned why it was now shying away in the release of the visuals of minister “Vivekananda Reddy’s assault on TDP members.”
Countering the Minister’s contention, Mr. Payyavula Keshav of the TDP told him that their contention for House Committee was not raised on the last day of the session. He has reminded the minister that they have been asking for it since several days. He has also argued that the government was not coming forward to appoint the House Committee as there were differences in the ruling party itself.
Chaotic conditions prevailed in the House as the adamant opposition members rushed into the well of the House and tried to stall the introduction of the Appropriation Bill. Members of the MIM, an ally of the Congress, also insisted on the House Committee. Both Communist parties also insisted on the appointment of the House Committee before the introduction of the Appropriation Bill. PRP member Mr. Venkata Krishna said the discussion on land allocations could be taken up after the Appropriation Bill was adopted. The Finance Minister then introduced the Bill amid pandemonium and the Deputy Speaker put it to voice vote. The Deputy Speaker then announced that the Bill was adopted. (NSS)