Defends Manohar saying he cannot deviate from his constitutional role

It was not proper for YSR Congress president YS. Jaganmohan Reddy to find fault with Assembly Speaker N. Manohar regarding the procedure followed on the bill on reorganisation of Andhra Pradesh, Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju said here on Friday.

“We should look into the possibility of taking legal action against him or calling him to the Assembly,” Mr. Balaraju said at a press conference.

The Speaker was playing his role as per the Constitution from which he could not deviate. The man who wants to become Chief Minister and going around the country meeting leaders of various parties should understand the role the Speaker plays, Mr. Balaraju felt.

Targets Jagan on ‘T’ issue

He also had a dig at Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy on the Telangana issue advising him, without mentioning his father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to first understand where and when the demand for a separate State had originated (YSR had made 43 Telangana MLAs submit a letter for a separate State). Mr Jaganmohan Reddy harping on the need to have a unified State was only to deceive people, he said.

A thorough discussion was needed in the Assembly on the Telangana Bill so that everyone could express his or her opinion. This is needed very much and this is the reason for the insistence on the discussion, the Minister said. He himself gave some suggestions to protect the interests of Seemandhra and tribal areas and wanted Bhadrachalam in Seemandhra.

‘Changing parties dangerous’

On the rumours that some Congress Ministers and MLAs were about to switch their loyalties, Mr. Balaraju said changing parties was more dangerous than corruption. He was ready to talk to the leaders, but only if they announced their decision to quit the Congress, Mr. Balaraju added. He was confident that the Congress would overcome any hurdle.