Andhra Pradesh News on December 9, 2013
December 9, 2013 - Hyderabad
- 'Sonia Gandhi should step down as AICC president', demands former minister Diwakar Reddy
Senior Congress leader and former Minister JC Diwakar Reddy on Monday speaking to media demanded the AICC president Sonia Gandhi should step down for the adverse results in the four States. Diwakar Reddy a staunch loyalist to the party for the past four decades even went to the extent of saying that the Congress would be bound to suffer similar humiliation in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. He said that the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would not help at all. He said that Rahul factor had no effect on the recent elections. Responding to his political future, he said that he is in search of a good party to shift his loyalties.
- Video Conference system in the Secretariat
Andhra Pradesh has become the first State in the country to have a high definition video conference system up to the Mandal level. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy inaugurated the system at the Secretariat on Monday and will inter-connect with all the 1,126 mandal offices, Chief Planning Officers and offices of the ITDA project Directors. He said that the conferencing facility, the largest in India would help the government conduct multi-level video conferencing and bring transparency in the government functioning, review of welfare scheme and in taking administration to the people's doorsteps.
- Winter session of AP Assembly from Thursday
The Andhra Pradesh legislature winter session will commence on Thursday. Minister for Legislative Affairs D Sridhar Babu speaking to media said that the Telangana bill would come up for debate during the session and sought cooperation of the members for the proceedings. It may be recalled here that the Centre sent it to President with a request to refer it to the State Assembly under Article 3 of the Constitution and ask it to return it to return the same the same with its comments in a prescribed time. Though the debate on the bill is a mere formality, ruling Congress party legislators from Seemandhra have already declared that they would press for voting. They are seeking support of other parties for the same and the Chief Minister has openly announced to defeat the b ill in the Assembly.