TDLP demands Assembly session for 15 days

Slams Govt for calling for one-day session
Govt adopting escapist mindset on public issues
Naidu presides TDLP meet
AMARAVATI: The Telugu Desam Legislature Party (TDLP), at its meeting presided by party National President N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Tuesday demanded that the State Assembly session should be held for a minimum of 15 days so as to discuss contentious public issues.
The TDLP strongly criticised the Government for adopting an ‘escapist mindset’ by deciding to hold the Assembly session for just one day on November 19. Even this one-day session was being organised to fulfill the constitutional obligations as six months would complete on November 19 since the last session that was held on May 20. The ruling YSRCP should stop disrespecting the law-making bodies which had a big role to play in democracy.
The TDLP members deplored that all sorts of constitutional violations were taking place ever since the YSRCP came to power in Andhra Pradesh. The ruling party got over 151 out of 175 MLAs but still it was afraid of the opposition party members in the House. The Government was adamant and arrogant in not reducing the petrol and diesel prices even though the Centre and all other State Governments provided relief to the people.
Condemning the ruling party’s ‘indifference’, the TDLP recalled how Jagan Reddy, when he was in the opposition, held out a huge promise to provide fuel at cheaper rates in AP when compared to other States. But, after coming to power, the Chief Minister became responsible for the highest fuel prices prevailing in AP in the entire country. The CM promised to withdraw the CPS for Government employees within a week of his coming to power but it did not happen ever after two and half years.
The TDLP members termed it as atrocious on the part of the ruling party leaders to instigate the public to complain to the ACB against the employees. The YCP was targetting the employees just for demanding the PRC that was promised by Jagan Reddy. All sections of society in the State were getting victimised by the ruling party’s oppressive policies.
Some members of TDLP said that the Government was evading payment of a total of Rs. 25,000 Cr to the DISCOMs. This included Rs. 9,000 Cr current bills of various departments and over Rs. 16,000 Cr of dues towards subsidies being provided by the Government. However, the rulers were using the losses of DISCOMs as a pretext to increase current charges in the name of true-up charges.
The TDLP discussed the failures of the ruling YSRCP with regard to prices of essential commodities, municipal taxes, garbage tax, financial crisis, CPS cancellation, APPSC job notifications and so on. The other issues that came up for discussion were AP becoming drug hub of India, diversion of funds meant for Centrally sponsored programmes, GO No. 217, fishermen’s problems, mining seignerage by private agencies, Agrigold depositors, hereditary assets registration, Amaravati agitation and mortgaging public assets.
The TDLP strongly condemned the Government for making a mockery of democracy in the latest municipal, panchayat and local body polls. The police were used to launch attacks on the people and opposition leaders. Bogus votes were cast with the help of the police and the election staff. The Government’s evil plan to take over the aided educational institutions dragged the students to the streets.
The members of TDLP strongly objected to the manner in which the ruling YSRCP was trying to undermine the Maha Padayatra of Amaravati farmers and women. The Government was using the police to sabotage the Nyayasthanam to Devasthanam padayatra. Large number of people were giving their support to Padayatra, which indicated the rising wave of popular resentment against the Jagan Reddy regime.