Party to act tough, may suspend defiant members

Much depends on the strategy of the YSR Congress and TDP MLAs on whether or not both Houses of the Legislature will transact any business on Monday as the demand to take up the debate on AP Reorganisation Bill 2013 gets stronger. While the YSR Congress and the TDP are determined to stall the proceedings in the Assembly and Council on Monday too, the Congress on its part is now planning to act tough going to the extent of suspending the defiant members so that the debate is taken up immediately.

According to party sources, the Congress leadership particularly the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has hinted that the debate has to begin so that the members air their views against bifurcation and also demand clause by clause voting. To ensure the proceedings are trouble- free, he is said to be ready to get the members suspended from the House.

The Legislative Affairs Minister S. Sailajanath may be asked to move a motion in this regard. The strategy, according to close aides of the Chief Minister is to show the YSR Congress and the TDP members as working against the interests of the Seemandhra region by not allowing the debate. The move is to put them on the defensive and make them participate in the debate. Simultaneously, the Chief Minister’s camp is said to be planning to rope in APNGOs chief P. Ashok Babu, who won with thumping majority to target the YSR Congress and TDP’s double standards during the next course of agitation. Sources said the APNGOs president is cut up with the YSR Congress for trying to engineer a split in the union during the elections.

It is understood that Mr Babu would be asked to launch an all out attack on the YSR Congress for derailing the debate on bifurcation. While addressing public meetings, he would try to impress upon the people that the YSR Congress by disrupting the proceedings was indirectly facilitating smooth passage of the Bill and creation of a separate State.

The YSR Congress leader Konathala Ramakrishna stuck to the party stand that they still wanted a resolution on united AP in the House. YSR Congress will keep up the fight for united state and the division is irrational and Chief Minister has to answer as to why he did not table a resolution as promised earlier, he said.

The TDP on the other wants to expose the Congress Government, if the Seemandhra MLAs are suspended. They would like to go to the people saying that Chief Minister was acting as per the direction of the Congress high command in completing the process of bifurcation by facilitating debate without moving a resolution.