As the schedule for the new Assembly session to commence is almost finalised for the newly-elected legislators to take oath, the State government is working on appointing pro-tem speaker. The pro-tem speaker would administer the oath to the legislators and conduct elections to the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House. He would be given oath by Governor at Raj Bhavan.
The practice is that the senior most member of the House would be picked up by the Governor on the advice of the chief minister and appoint him/her as the pro-tem speaker. In this House, there are four senior most legislators, two from the ruling YSR Congress and the two from the opposition Telugu Desam Party.
In TDP, former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is the most senior legislator for the 8th consecutive term. He represented Chandragiri once in 1978 and seven times from Kuppam. However, since he had been the chief minister for almost 14 years, he may not be considered for this post. In addition to this, Chandrababu Naidu was elected the TDP floor leader and thus he is out of this race. The second TDP senior MLA is Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary from Rajamahendravaram Rural. He is a six-time MLA and one of the three senior MLAs of this present Assembly. Since he is in the Opposition, the chief minister may not recommend his name, if he wants to go by the way the TDP had behaved in the past.
In the ruling YSR Congress, Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy and Katasani Rambhupal Reddy are the senior legislators. They have been MLAs for six terms and are seniors in this House. The sources say that Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy is Jaganmohan Reddy’s choice for the Cabinet and hence his name may not be recommended for the pro-tem speaker post. The only choice now is Katasani Rambhupal Reddy and he is likely to be the choice of Jaganmohan Reddy. It is to be seen how Jaganmohan Reddy makes his move on the election of the pro-tem speaker.