Monday, March 14, 2016
The no-confidence motion moved by YSRCP against the Council of Ministers headed by Chandrababu Naidu was defeated by voice vote on Monday night.
Immediately after the Speaker announced that same, the YSRCP members surrounded the Speaker’s podium and pressed for division which was ruled that the matter was closed and asked E.Ravi Kumar of the TDP to speak a few minutes amidst of din and adjourned the house to Tuesday. The Assembly witnessed noisy scenes after TDP members charged Jagan Mohan Reddy with insulting the judiciary by making allegations against judges while commenting on the past case relating to the Chief Minister that he tenders an unconditional apology. Chandrababu demanded Jagan to either prove the charges of corruption against him or tender an unconditional apology which was totally rejected.
During over eight hours of discussion, Jagan Mohan Reddy made several allegations on the government’s corrupt practices including the solar power, VTPS and Krishnapatnam power projects. He said that Chandrababu Naidu government had indulged in corruption in irrigation, industries, power and other fields and that that the solar power scam was worth over Rs.750 crore and in the Industries it was worth of Rs.5,000 crore. Chandrababu reacting over the allegations demanded to prove the allegations otherwise Jagan had no right to sit in the Assembly. Jagan said that ‘why only two allegations? I made 20 allegations ..If Naidu has the guts he should accept CBI probe on the allegations which was turned down. The entire treasury benches trained their guns on Jagan. He challenged the Chief Minister to ask the eight defected MLAs to resign and face by-elections. Chandrababu Naidu at one stage addressed ‘You are a rogue. To protect the State from rogues like you people have voted TDP to power. YSRCP is a looting party and it is a worthless party and added that corruption was a part of Jagan Reddy.
Finance and Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu wanted the discussion to be taken up immediately while the YSRCP sought a day’s time as the party had to issue a whip to its members but were decided to take up on the day itself. When Jagan rose to initiate the debate Yanamala raised a point of order and said that the debate should be initiated by the member who had moved the motion (Jyothula Nehru) and questioned Jagan for not even signing the no-confidence motion. Jagan replied that even one member could move a no-confidence motion. He cited that when the Vajpayee government had lost by one vote at the Centre, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi was not a signatory but was given a chance to speak.