Does democracy exist in the State?: YS Jagan

Vijayawada: The YSR Congress Party Chief and Opposition leader in Andhra Pradesh Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Monday expressed serious concern over the very existence of democracy in the State. He strongly condemned the arrest of party legislator Chevireddy Bhaskara Reddy for questioning the TDP leaders attack on Transport Commissioner Balasubramanyam and other officials.

Speaking to media persons in the Assembly lobbies after the House was adjourned on Monday, he wondered the way the issue was settled by the Chief Minister and question the propriety of the Chief Minister in taking the law into his own hands. They thronged into the RTA office to settle personnel business grievances but not to raise any public issue. He said that there is no comparison between RTA office episode and what had happened in Nandigama hospital. Stating that it is the bounding duty of the Chief Minister and the Government to protect the officials in discharge of their duties, but the Chief Minister instead protected the offenders by his intervention. Is it proper for the Chief Minister to behave, he pointed.

The Opposition leader said that the government is foisting false cases against the Opposition for raising questions on its misrule, he quipped and questioned the Speaker’s silence over Chevireddy arrest, is it not the responsibility of the Speaker, the custodian of the Assembly to know and inform the House, the arrest and  where about of the legislator Chevireddy,  he asked. 

He also took exception to the Speaker's denial to give him an opportunity to raise the issue in the House. . 

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