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Satyam, Heritage issues may dominate last session

New alliance: Legislators of the newly formed ’Mahakutami’ (from left) N. Janardhan Reddy (TDP), Chada Venkat Reddy (CPI), N. Narasimhaiah (CPI (M) and (extreme right) T. Harish Rao (TRS) after the meeting on Sunday to discuss their strategy to be adopted for the Assembly session, in Hyderabad.

New alliance: Legislators of the newly formed ’Mahakutami’ (from left) N. Janardhan Reddy (TDP), Chada Venkat Reddy (CPI), N. Narasimhaiah (CPI (M) and (extreme right) T. Harish Rao (TRS) after the meeting on Sunday to discuss their strategy to be adopted for the Assembly session, in Hyderabad.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

Session of 12th Legislative Assembly to begin today

HYDERABAD: The final session of the 12th Legislative Assembly is all set to commence from Monday.

The short session to adopt the vote-on-account budget will start with Governor N.D. Tiwari’s address to the two houses – the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.

It will be followed by the Business Advisory Committee meeting to finalise the agenda of the session. The Legislature will take up condolence motion the next day to mourn the death of former president R. Venkataraman.

The House will take up the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address on February 4 and Finance Minister K. Rosaiah will introduce the vote-on-account budget on February 5.

The session is likely to continue till February 12. The ruling Congress and the Opposition are gearing up to take on each other.

The Satyam fiasco and Heritage Foods issue are likely to dominate the brief session.

‘Ready for debate’

An indication was available when the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, reportedly told some Ministers and party legislators that the government was prepared for a debate on various issues including “frauds in Satyam and Heritage Foods.”

He is likely to ask the Opposition parties to visit other States to check the implementation of welfare and development programmes in comparison to Andhra Pradesh.

On the other hand, Opposition parties are all set to raise issues ranging from Satyam, undue favours shown to Maytas Infra to ‘severe power shortage’ affecting farmers, problems of agitating gram sevaks and anganwadi workers, corruption in Jalayagnam, Godavari delta crisis, land deals of Dr. Reddy’s close aides and the “failures of the Congress in fulfilling the promises made in its election manifesto.”

Cooperation assured

Representatives of the ‘grand alliance’ comprising TDP, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, CPI (M) and CPI who met on Sunday evening resolved to insist on debates on as many issues as possible and announced that they would extend their fullest cooperation to the Speaker in the smooth conduct of the House.

Mr. Suresh Reddy should ensure that the proceedings were not adjourned to avoid debates on crucial issues.

Meanwhile, Government Chief Whip N. Kiran Kumar Reddy expressed apprehension that the Opposition would again deviate from the agenda fixed in the BAC.

“If they resort to similar action, the treasury benches will be forced to counter their move,” he said.

Mr. Rosaiah hoped that the last session before the elections would be fruitful with issues of public importance taking centrestage.

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