Andhra Pradesh News on December 16, 2013
December 16, 2013 - Hyderabad
- TDP MLA Hanmanth Shinde joins TRS
Jukkal Telugu Desam MLA Hanumanth Shinde ha decided to quit the TDP and join TRS on the lines of his political mentor Pocharam Srinivas Reddy who had left the party way back in 2011 and got elected on a TRS ticket. With this, the number of TDP MLAs who were re-elected in the district of Nizamabad in 2009 elections has gone down from five to two. It may be recalled here that Gampa Govardhan and Pocharam Srinivas Reddy switched their loyalties.
- Marshals evict TDP and YSRCP MLAs on Monday night
The TDP and YSRCP MLAs numbering to 40 were evicted from the Assembly on Monday night where they were on sit-in inside the House. They were taken in three buses and dropped them at their respective offices. It may be recalled here that they were protesting against the way in which the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 was introduced in the Assembly some began squatting at the Speaker's podium while others in the well of the House on Monday evening when the Assembly was adjourned to the next day.
- 'All-party meeting on December 18 or 19 says, APNGOs president
The APNGOs president P Ashok Babu speaking to media on Monday said that sufficient time was required to discuss the Bill clause by clause It is necessary that all the members to give their views on every clause. He said that they wanted a serious debate to take place on all aspects to bring out how the bifurcation would harm the people in the regions. The all party meeting was tentatively scheduled on December 18 or 19 at Jubilee Hall.
- Dharmana Prasada Rao decides to join YSRCP
The Former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao has decided to exit the Congress party and to make his entry in the YSRCP. He held important portfolios in the Cabinet but was forced to resign after he was named by The CBI in respect of VANPIC land allocations. The loyalists Palasa MLA Juttu Jagannaikulu, DCC president Narthu Narendra Yadav, DCMS president Gondu Krishnamurthy along with others were jubilant with the success of the meeting that was organized on Sunday to chalk out the future plan. They advised Dharmana to join the YSCP the chief of it Jagan Mohan Reddy had taken a firm stand in keeping the united Andhra Pradesh. Followers said that Dharmana would formally submit his resignation to the Congress in the current Assembly session and make his move towards to YSRCP.
- Jayaprakash Narayan seeks information on the Bill
Lok Satta Party president Jayaprakash Narayan has requited the Speaker and other members' information on a number of aspects of Telangana Bill to facilitate a meaningful discussion. In a letter to the Speaker, he told him that the members were entitled to full information in advance and an opportunity to study its provision before discussion commenced, he said.
- Chief Minister Kiran meets with Seemandhra Ministers
The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held a meeting with Seemandhra Ministers in his camp office on Monday night. He is firm that the discussion on the bi wil be held ina specially convened session at a time when Telangana MLAs says that it already began in the Assembly. He felt that a special session would give ample time to discuss the bill. It is learnt that the meeting also decided to explore legal possibilities to stall the bifurcation process. Seemandhra MLAs argue that the debate has not been initiated and would come only after a decision by the BAC. They were advised by legal authorities to file a PIL in Supreme Court.
- Seemandhra boils as Telangana bill rock Assembly
Following the introduction of Telangana bill in the Assembly on Monday, political parties in Seemandhra region burnt the copies of the draft bill. APNGOs staged a protest at the Sub-Collector's office in Vijayawada while protests were held at the Old Bus Station centre and Benz Circle. In Visakhapatnam security has been beefed up at AU, Siripuram, Maddilapalem and Gajuwaka and at important locations. In Srikakulam, APNGOs and YSRCP activists formed a human chain at the seven roads junction and attempted to lay siege to the camp office of Union Minister Kruparani. In Bapatla, TDP activists surrounded the residence of Union Minister Panabaka Lakshmi and in Nellore, Telugu Nadu Students Federation activists burnt effigies in protest against introduction of the Bill in the Assembly. In Kurnool, Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi founder Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy brandished a sword and threatened the Centre with dire consequences if Rayalaseema was ignored. The Sri Krishnadevaraya University joint action committee has called for a 72-hour bandh.