Hyderabad, Feb.22 (NSS): The Legislative Assembly on Tuesday thanked the Governor, Mr E S L Narasimhan, for addressing the joint session of the legislature which was marred by unruly acts by the entire Opposition members.
The Government Chief Whip, Mr Bhatti Vikramarka, moved the motion of thanks to Governor which was seconded by the Congress legislator, Mr Dronamraju Srinivas.
Amidst noisy scenes by the TRS and TDP members from the Telangana region, the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, replying on the motion of thanks in the House, said that as per Constitution obligation, the House needed to pass a motion thanking the Governor for addressing the joint session. He also expressed dissatisfaction over the Leader of Opposition failing to utter a single word on the incidents occurred during the Governor’s address in the House. Referring to the Opposition demand for abolition of Governor’s system, the Chief Minister said that “the people would laugh at us, if ours action are insulting to the democracy.
Reacting to slogans raised by the Telangana TDP members, the Chief Minister said that the TDP would sit on Opposition Benches for third consecutive term if it fails to cooperate with the government on welfare schemes and developmental programmes. Making an effort to cool down the TRS and TDP members from Telangana region, who were holding vociferous protest in the well of the House on Telangana issue, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy observed that Telangana was not a new issue and it was over 50 years old.
Considering the seriousness of the issue, the Centre had set up Justice Srikrishna Committee to study the situation in the State and submit a report. The Centre also distributed copies of the report to all the political parties in the State for perusal and after taking opinions of all parties, the Centre would take an appropriate decision on future course of action. He also made it clear that the State government would abide by the decision of the Centre on the issue. Until the Centre took a decision on Telangana, the State government was not in a position to do anything, he maintained.
Referring to the TRS indirectly, the Chief Minister said, “You opposed the recent Rachchabanda programme, but it was a grand success. Though a bandh call was given, there was a tremendous response from the people wherever I participated. Some 66 lakh applications have been received from the people for benefits under various welfare schemes at the Rachhabanda programme”. He said that some 32 lakh applications were received for rations cards out of which 4.6 lakh ration cards were issued to the eligible people at Rachchabanda programme. The programme was aimed at bridging the rich-poor gap, he added. Appealing to the Opposition parties not to create hurdles to the welfare schemes and developmental programmes launched by the government for uplift of the people, the Chief Minister said that the government would extend cooperation to the Opposition parties on other matters, he added.
Reiterating that his government was committed to complete all the developmental projects and continue the welfare schemes launched by late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in 2004, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that his government was keen on fulfilling all promises made by late YSR to the people.
Though the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, who was in the Chair, asked the floor leaders to speak on the motion of thanks, no one came forward. Even the Praja Rajyam party, whose merger with the Congress was already announced by Mr Chiranjeevi, evinced no interest to participate in the discussion on motion of thanks.
With this, the Deputy Speaker announced the passage of the motion. (NSS)