Vijayawada: Alleging that the Union government has failed to take any action on its resolution seeking abolition of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Tuesday adopted a fresh resolution withdrawing its earlier resolution and seeking to continue the Council that is in existence.
Finance minister Buggana Rajendranath moved the resolution and the Assembly passed it by voice vote.
It may be recalled that on 27 January 2020, the Andhra Pradesh government had passed a statutory resolution under Article 169(1) of the Constitution seeking to abolish the state Legislative Council citing public interest.
The ruling YSRC was a minority in the 58-member Council. Now that it is on its way to securing a majority in the Council, the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government has passed another resolution to continue the Council.
Minister Buggana, in the latest resolution, said that despite constant persuasion of the matter at various levels and elapse of one year and 10 months, the Union government has failed to take any action on the resolution of the AP Legislative Assembly. Meanwhile, the Council is functioning and discharging its bounden duties, he said.
He claimed that there was uncertainty among members of the Council as the matter of its abolition was kept pending by the ministry of Home affairs for an inordinately long period. Hence, the move to withdraw the previous statutory resolution, Mr. Buggana added.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Monday passed 14 Bills, including the Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill 2021.
The other Bills passed by voice vote include the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Andhra Pradesh Self Help Groups (SHG) Women Co-contributory Pension (Amendment) Bill 2021. They were moved by municipal administration and urban development minister Botsa Satyanarayana.
Three Bills moved by agriculture minister Kurasala Kannabau were also passed. They are the Andhra Pradesh Registration of Horticulture Nurseries (Regulation) (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Andhra Pradesh Education (Amendment) Bill 2021, and the Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission (Amendment) Bill 2021.
The Andhra Pradesh Bovine Breeding (Regulation of Production and Sale of Bovine Semen and Artificial Insemination Services) Bill 2021 was moved by animal husbandry and fisheries minister Seediri Appalraju and passed by voice vote.
The Andhra Pradesh Rights in Land and Pattadar Pass Books (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Andhra Pradesh Assigned Lands (Prohibition of Transfers)(Amendment) Bill 2021, and the Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Trade in Indian Made Foreign Liquor, Foreign Liquor) (Amendment) Bill 2021 moved by deputy Chief Minister (revenue) Dharmana Krishna Das were passed by voice vote.
Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2021 tabled by deputy CM Alla Krishna Srinivas, the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments (Amendment) Bill 2021, and the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments (Second Amendment) Bill 2021 moved by endowments minister Vellampalli Srinivas were also passed by voice vote.
The Andhra Pradesh Private Universities Establishment and Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2021 introduced in the Legislative Assembly by deputy CM Pamula Pushpa Sreevani on behalf of education minister Adimulapu Suresh was passed by voice vote.