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Naidu acts tough on day one; rejects Opposition demands

Naidu acts tough on day one; rejects Opposition demands
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The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government on Thursday rejected the Opposition YSR Congress Party\'s (YSRCP) plea to conduct the Winter Session of the Assembly for 15 days but instead agreed only for a five-day session.

Chief Minister declines demands of YSRCP, Cong to extend the session; says ‘no’ to various issues to be taken up for discussion

Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government on Thursday rejected the Opposition YSR Congress Party's (YSRCP) plea to conduct the Winter Session of the Assembly for 15 days but instead agreed only for a five-day session.

Before beginning the first day of the session in the morning, Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao conducted BAC (Business Advisory Committee ) meeting attended by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy CM K E Krishna Murthy and Chief Whip K Srinivasulu from the ruling party and Jyothula Nehru and G Srikanth Reddy from the Opposition YSRCP.

YSRCP MLAs Jyothula Nehru and Srikanth Reddy addressing the press in Hyderabad on Thursday

The YSRCP's demand to take up debate on 10 issues including division of employees, establishment of new capital city, land acquisition, regularisation of contract employees, PRC recommendations, Polavaram and controversy on the use of water from Srisailam were also not considered by the government. The Chief Minister informed the members that since it was a brief session, only the most important issues would be debated in the house.

Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, the YSRCP leaders Nehru and Srikanth Reddy demanded that the government table a detailed statement on the State's revenues and expenditure incurred since June this year. They also sought explanation on the utilisation of Central funds. The party leaders accused the government of neglecting the real issues affecting the common man. Naidu was running the government as a dictator.

They also objected to the signing of MoU with Singapore firms on building the State's new capital. The government did not take either the Assembly or Opposition parties into confidence before taking important decisions, they alleged. The party would raise these issues in the ongoing Winter Session, they said.

The Opposition Congress’ demand to extend the Winter Session for two more days in the Legislative Council was also rejected by the government. Congress leader C Ramachandraiah said the debate on people's issues would not be taken up without increasing the number of working days.

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