Hyderabad: The ruling Congress was left
completely cornered in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly as a united
opposition continued its aggressive attack on the "tainted
ministers" issue for the fifth successive day on Friday.
Barring introduction of three Bills, the House could not
transact any other business as the TDP members stayed put at
the Speaker`s podium forcing its adjournment for the day.
The tame defence and the "lame excuses" by the government
did not cut any ice with Opposition parties as they insisted
that all files related to the 26 controversial GOs be tabled
in the House for a discussion.
Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu said the
issue could not be discussed in the House as it would amount
to a "parallel investigation" at a time when the CBI was
engaged in a probe of the matter.
Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, who is
in the opposition`s firing line, maintained that a debate in
the Assembly might "influence" the CBI inquiry.
Taking strong exception to the ministers` claims, the
Opposition parties launched a frontal attack saying the
government was primarily responsible to the House and the
people as per the Constitution.
"Did Parliament not discuss the 2G scam when the CBI
probe was on? There is nothing parallel in this," Telugu Desam
Legislature Party deputy leader P Ashoka Gajapati Raju
questioned, leaving the treasury benches dumbfounded.
"We cannot allow consistent looting of the state," he
added. The CPI, the CPM and the BJP legislators too lashed out
at the government for seeking to run away from the issue.
Lok Satta Party member N Jayaprakash Narayan minced no
words in finding fault with the government`s stand on the
"As per Article 164 (2) of the Constitution you are
accountable to the House. There is no escape," he asserted.
The demand for dismissal of six ministers was not an ordinary
issue to be brushed aside, he pointed out.
TDP MLA Payyavula Keshav noted that the CBI clearly
established the loot of public money by arresting several
persons involved (in the case related to amassing of illegal
wealth by Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy).
"Now, we need to know who are the persons behind the
brazen loot. Hence the government should table the relevant
files in the House," he said.
Keshav wondered how the Chief Minister could give a clean
chit to ministers in the liquor syndicates` bribery issue when
the state Anti-Corruption Bureau was investigating the case.
"Does it not amount to influencing the ACB probe," he
question, leaving the government defenceless.
As the Opposition members persisted with their demand,
noisy exchanges were witnessed between them and Congress
legislators. Speaker Nadendla Manohar then adjourned the
proceedings for half an hour.
When the House re-assembled, the government moved three
Bills to amend certain existing laws amidst the din and
immediately thereafter the Speaker adjourned the Assembly till