Former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu was elected the TD Legislature Party leader at its meeting the other day. Ending speculations, he opted to be the Leader of the Opposition for this government. The TDP had two plans initially, one to make Chandrababu Naidu the leader of opposition and keep challenging the government, as the fist-timer is sitting in the chief minister seat. The second option was to give the leader of the opposition post to someone else and focus on rebuilding the party. This was planned because some felt that it was not good for experienced leader like Chandrababu Naidu to sit in the opposition in front of a first-timer.
But, ending all these calculations, Chandrababu Naidu had decided to be the leader of opposition. Interestingly, Chandrababu Naidu was also the leader of opposition for Jaganmohan Reddy’s father late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.
Naidu, as opposition leader, would be leading his party with just 23 MLAs, including himself, against the mighty 151-member ruling YSR Congress. That would be a tough task for the TDP to challenge the ruling party, if the YSR Congress also goes like the TDP on the floor of the Assembly. The TDP did not give chance to the Opposition in the last five years, despite the Opposition having initially 67 MLAs and later with 44 MLAs.
The leader of the opposition was interrupted for every two minutes during the last five years and speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao was a true TDP floor leader than a speaker. Whatever chances that the Opposition got to speak in Assembly was when deputy speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad chaired the proceedings.
If YSR Congress also chooses to run the Assembly with a speaker like Kodela Sivaparasada Rao, the TDP would be just wasting its time in the Assembly than having its role to play. As such an approach towards the opposition is not a healthy practice and the YSR Congress always condemned the partisan attitude, things are expected to be different this time in the Assembly.