Kiran, Botsa, Naidu should submit affidavits

Hyderabad, Dec 27: YSR
Congress has appealed to the Chief Minister, PCC President and TDP President to
submit affidavits seeking a united state to prove their sincerity towards the
cause and defended the Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s remarks on
questioning the wisdom of Assembly Speaker for undertaking a tour to study the
division process in other states.

“Taking up debate on the
draft Bill will infer that the members are in agreement to the division and
Kiran Kumar Reddy, Botsa Satyanarayana and N Chandrababu Naidu who want to
champion the cause of a united state should first file affidavits to show their
commitment for a united state along with members of all parties,” YSRCP
spokesperson Ambati Rambabu told reporters here on Friday.

The PCC chief says that
party leaders should abide by the high command decision, which is determined to
split the state and he should be categorical whether he is loyal to party or to
Samaikyandhra. The Chief Minister and leader of opposition as well are reeling
in ambiguity, he said and appealed to members, cutting across party lines, to
submit affidavits and prove their sincerity.

Defending YS Jagan Mohan
Reddy’s remarks on Speaker, he said, “Nadendla Manohar has been visiting states
that have followed the federal spirit while division took place in their
respective regions. There was a unanimous resolution in the Assembly which was
sent to the Centre which in turn has sent a draft bill that was discussed before
the bifurcation took place. There was hardly any opposition for the division.

The same is not the case
with Andhra Pradesh. Majority of the people are against the division, there was
no assembly resolution and a draft Bill has come from Centre unilaterally. In
such a situation the question of trying to elicit views and study the division
process does not arise,” he said.

There is nothing wrong in
questioning the wisdom of the Speaker in undertaking such tours as the
situation is not parallel but diametrically opposite. The high command is
misusing the high office of the Speaker and it has done earlier as well, he

When some MLAs from
Congress and TDP defied the party whip and voted against the Kiran Kumar Reddy
government and supported the no-confidence motion, the members were not
suspended immediately though it was in the open.

The defiance by the MLAs
was seen on the floor of the House on March 15 but the disqualification process
was delayed till July 8 only to see to it that no by-election would be held as
the term of the assembly would be less than one year by then.

This is gross misuse of
Speaker’s office and the high command has been trying to direct it to suit its
political needs. Had the disqualification been effected in March itself, there
would have been another round of by-polls and YSRCP strength would have been
swelled much to the dislike of TDP and Congress, he said.

A section of press and some
members are trying to distort the remarks of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy which has no
malice but was a factual statement, he said.

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