Power crisis, Telangana issue to dominate AP`s Budget session

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 18:04

Hyderabad: The ongoing power crisis, a no-confidence motion and the separate Telangana issue are expected to rattle the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh during the Budget session of the Legislative Assembly beginning on Wednesday.

The session gets underway tomorrow with the customary address of Governor ESL Narasimhan to the joint sitting of Assembly and Legislative Council.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has announced that it would move a no-confidence motion against the Congress government for not accepting the separate statehood demand despite making a promise to the effect.

Significantly, YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MP M Rajamohan Reddy said his party would support no-confidence motion whoever moves it.

Both TRS and YSRCP have 17 MLAs each in the 294-member house. The strength of combined opposition, including TDP (84), comes to 136, while Congress has 155 MLAs.

However, eight Congress MLAs have rebelled against the party and four of them have submitted resignations to the Speaker. Similarly, seven TDP MLAs have switched loyalty to either TRS or YSRCP in recent times.

Hitting out at the TRS and YSRCP for "conspiring to destabilise the government," Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said in Mahabubnagar district today that none can harm Congress as long as people are with it.

Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu has also asserted that the numbers are in their favour.

Slamming the Congress for not conceding the separate statehood demand, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao announced that his party would not let the House function and insist on passing a resolution in favour of separate Telangana.

Meanwhile, the ongoing power crisis in the state would dominate the session as all the Opposition parties are up in arms against the government.

The Opposition parties have been demanding that the government ensure seven-hour uninterrupted power supply to farmers as promised by it.

Water availability in the coming summer, farmers` issues are other subjects that are likely to come up prominently.

The Congress government would be presenting a special budget for agriculture in the session for the first time, to give a new push to the agri sector and for the benefit of farmers.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 18:04

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