Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday moved a privilege motion in the state assembly against Andhra Pradesh chief minister and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The development took place on a day the legislative assembly adopted a resolution empowering Speaker Tammineni Sitaram to take necessary action against elected representatives who created a ruckus in the House on Wednesday.
TDP and YSRCP have been involved in a bitter verbal spat since Thursday after TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu was not allowed to enter the Assembly premises by the chief marshal. The TDP, which is the main opposition in AP, has alleged that Naidu was disallowed on a flimsy pretext of wearing a black flag, while the YSRCP claims that Naidu used abusive language against security officials.
“Chandrababu Naidu along with his son Nara Lokesh (who is TDP general secretary) carried a black flag and came to the Assembly. They were asked to remove the flag, and Lokesh put it in his pocket, to which the chief marshal also objected saying that the former cannot enter. Some of the women MLCs from TDP were also present and they were manhandled, which led to a scuffle," claimed a TDP leader.
A statement from the YSRCP alleged that Naidiu, Lokesh and other TDP legislators breached the security drill and also used offensive language against the marshals.
On Friday, reading out the resolution to take action against the legislators, minister for legislative affairs Buggana Rajendranath said, “The House resolves to empower Speaker, Sri Tammineni Sitaram, to take appropriate action against the legislators and others responsible for the unruly incident that took place in the Assembly premises on Thursday." The resolution was adopted by the House by voice vote.
The YSRCP has 151 seats in the 175-seat assembly, while the TDP has only 22.