Govt spends Rs 60 Cr on Legislative Council, is it worth: AP CM

Vijayawada : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has indicated that, there is no need of a Legislative Council. This comes after the council that referring the decentralisation bill to a select committee subsequently resulting delay of the capital shifting.

Taking on the Legislative Council Chairman Shariff Mohammed Ahmed, the Chief Minister said, the government spends  Rs.60 Crore per annum to run the Council affairs, that is Rs.1 Crore per day, as the Council functions for 60 days in an year.

The Chief Minister has appealed to the Speaker of the Assembly to convene the House, in order to  continue an  elaborate discussion on , whether the Council should continued or not.  “We( referring to the government)  also will take a decision, over the Council affairs” the Chief Minister reiterated, on the Floor of the House, in absence of the TDP members.

It is learnt that, the Chief Minister was to  announce his decision over dissolving of the Council, but dint, as he was advised not to do  by senior colleagues. The decision to  scrap the Council, should be done in present of the opposition, was the advise given to the CM. Hence, the Chief Minister has postponed his decision to Monday, YSRCP sources said.

On the council’s view over several bills passed by the Assembly, the Chief Minister said, “The Council is meant for giving suggestions and advices on the Bills or decisions being taken by the Assembly from time to time, but, not to hamper the proceedings of the Assembly,”.

The treasury benches comprise of  farmers, journalists, teachers and advocates. The Chief Minister observed that when the treasury bench comprise of intellectual people, the need for a council does not arise.

By sending a message that the ruling YSRCP has made up its mind to dissolve the Assembly, the Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has questioned the discretionary powers of the Chairman, Legislative Council. “The Chairman means to say that he can do anything, with his discretionary powers, which is nothing but hampering the proceedings and rights of the Assembly,” Jagan Mohan Reddy has pointed out.

 

 

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