On the last day of the Assembly session, AP speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, said that he was surprised to see the main Opposition party, the YSR Congress, not attending the Assembly session. Before adjourning the House on Friday, Kodela said he had tried to get in touch with the YSR Congress leadership and request them to attend the Assembly. However, he said that the Opposition continued to abstain from the House and wondered why they were not attending the session.
He found fault with the Opposition party for not taking part in the deliberations and play its role to protect the interests of the people, though, according to him, the interests of the people were well safeguarded by the ruling Telugu Desam Party. He wanted the TDP to win the next election and come back to the House with bigger numbers. He showered special praises on Leader of the House, Chandrababu Naidu, and felt that he should come back as Leader of the House for another term.
Main opposition party YSRCP accusing Kodela that “he had been partial to the ruling party and there was not a single occasion or a day where he was impartial. He always favoured his TDP unlike most of his predecessors and gave an edge to the TDP whenever the Opposition criticised”. “He did not leave many chances for deputy speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad, who was better in handling the House, giving due representation to the Opposition”.
Even before the Assembly was adjourned sine die, Kodela addressed a meeting of the TDP workers in Narasaraopet Assembly constituency area, where he criticised the Leader of the Opposition Jaganmohan Reddy calling him a corrupt leader. He even made an open appeal to the people to get rid of Jaganmohan Reddy from the State politics.
On the Opposition’s boycott of the session, though the Speaker said he was clueless, the issue is still pending in his office. The issue of taking action against the 22 YSR Congress MLAs who have defected to the ruling TDP and four of them have become Ministers in the TDP government. He did not act on the representation from the YSR Congress seeking the disqualification of the defected MLAs, which he never did.
Interestingly, on the last day of the session, the speaker announced the strength of the political parties in the House ignoring the fact that 22 MLAs were with the TDP and four of them in the Cabinet.