YSR rules out polls in Feb
Chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ruled out the possibility of Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in February next year. Reddy is said to have made this statement at the business advisory committee meeting of the state Assembly and legislative council held on Sunday.
He reportedly made this remark when some members asked him if this was the last session before the polls. Following the terrorist attack in Mumbai, there is no possibility of holding elections in February, the chief minister is said to have told the BAC members.
Brushing aside protests from opposition parties, the government decided to have a very brief five-day winter session of the Assembly as well as the council from Monday. On the first day, both the Houses will pass condolence resolutions on the death of former prime minister V P Singh, the officers of and the citizens who lost their lives in the Mumbai mayhem. On day two, it will take up a short discussion on Babli project and will take up government business including passing of AP Public Safety Act.
The chief minister and the opposition reportedly differed over the duration of the winter session. While the opposition pressed for a 15-day session, the government turned down the proposal saying that they had no right to ask for longer session as they failed to utilise the time allotted to them in raising public issues.
It also turned down the demand of the TRS to pass a resolution on separate state. TDP leaders Y Ramakrishnudu and N Janardhan Reddy said the government was running away from discussing issues like SEZ and sale of land.
CPI, CPM and BJP also criticised the government for holding "Naam ke vaste," session. Chief whip N Kiran Kumar Reddy however said the opposition had no moral right to criticise the government since they always tried to gain political mileage out of it and use it as a platform for political propaganda.
The security is being beefed up at the Assembly in the wake of terrorist attacks in Mumbai. More police forces are being deployed and Section 144 has been imposed on areas near assembly. Meetings and dharnas have also been banned.