The Assembly session of the AP is scheduled to begin from Wednesday. The session would be held till June 18, with two holidays on June 15 and 16. The newly-elected members would take oath on the first day followed by election of the Assembly Speaker on June 13. The ruling YSR Congress had already finalised the candidature of former minister Thammineni Sitaram for the post of the Speaker and the election is just a formality.
Once the Speaker election is over, Governor ESL Narasimhan would address the members of the both Assembly and Council on June 14. The session would resume on June 17 after the holidays to thank the Governor for his address. The session would close on June 18, after passing a resolution thanking the Governor.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Telugu Desam Party had completed the exercise of electing its deputy floor leaders and whips for the Assembly. As Chandrababu Naidu was elected floor leader of the party, the Telugu Desam Legislature Party had elected K Atchannaidu, Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary and Nimmala Ramanaidu as the deputy floor leaders in the Assembly. Another legislator D B V Swamy was elected whip of the party in the Assembly.
In the Legislative council, the party had elected former minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu as the floor leader. MLCs, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, G Sandhya Rani and G Srinivasulu were elected as the deputy floor leaders and Buddha Venkanna was elected as whip.
The TDP had also decided to name former minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao to head the Public Accounts Committee chairman post, which would be offered to the Opposition party by the YSR Congress.
On its side, the ruling YSR Congress had named G Srikanth Reddy as the chief whip, besides others. Srikanth Reddy said that the ruling party wants to have healthy debates in the Assembly. He expressed confidence that the opposition TDP would cooperate with the government in completing this round of session, which is limited to swearing-in of the members, election of the Speaker, Governor’s address and the house thanking the Governor.