In a surprise gesture, the AP Assembly had given a standing ovation to chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy after the House passed bills giving 50 per cent reservations for women, minorities, SCs, STs and BCs in all government nominated posts and contracts. The bills were passed in the House after debate where the members praised Jaganmohan Reddy as revolutionary and pro-poor, pro-women.
This was for the first time that any Assembly had given standing ovation to the chief minister for the welfare initiatives. The Assembly also gave a standing ovation to the ISRO scientists for the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2.
Earlier, the Assembly witnessed ruckus with the protests by the Telugu Desam Party members over the pension promise to the women at the age of 45. However, Jaganmohan Reddy proved the opposition wrong and alleged that the opposition was misleading the House and the people with an intention to disturb the Assembly. When the TDP members were accusing the government of betraying women by not implementing the pension scheme for women of SC, ST, BC and Minorities from the age of 45, the chief minister played a video clip to prove them wrong. The video clip of his speeches of 2018 said that he had changed this pension scheme into YSR Cheyuta to give Rs 75,000 to each of the family in four years from the second year onwards.
The promise was also not part of the party’s manifesto – Navarathnalu – as claimed by Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, in reply to the TDP’s allegation in the Assembly. The government had repeatedly stated that the promise was replaced with the new scheme, which the opposition TDP refused to accept. At this stage, Jaganmohan Reddy once again repeated the video clip in the Assembly and gave a fitting reply asking them opposition to update their information.
Jaganmohan Reddy also alleged that the TDP’s agenda was to disturb the House, which was scheduled to debate five bills aimed at giving 50 per cent reservation to the SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities and women in the government nominated posts and contracts, besides creation of a permanent BC commission to address the issues concerning the BCs. He alleged that the TDP wanted to disturb this debate fearing complete erosion of the BC base with the government introducing these bills.