Hyderabad: The contentious Telangana
statehood issue and the miseries of farmers in the aftermath
of a recent cyclone and untimely rains are likely to dominate
the brief winter session of Andhra Pradesh legislature
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), which is championing
the cause of a separatist state, is expected to raise its
demand in a big way as the party headed by K Chandrashekar
Rao is back in the state Assembly after a gap of ten months.
Ten TRS MLAs had resigned in February over the Telangana
issue and all of them were re-elected in a by-election in
July. The TRS now has 11 MLAs in the 294-member Assembly.
The state government is expected to make a statement in
the House on the withdrawal of cases filed against Telangana
agitators in December last year.
On the opening day of the six-day session, the Lower
House will suspend the Question Hour and take up a discussion
on the losses suffered by farmers due to the Jal cyclone in
October-November and untimely rains this week that destroyed
crops in several lakh hectares.
The opposition parties had demanded that the session
should be for at least 15 days but the government maintained
it is not possible in view of the Congress plenary session
from December 18, when the ruling party leaders would be busy.
This is for the first time that the session will be held
without a regular Speaker, after N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who held
the post, became Chief Minister.