The opposition Telugu Desam Party was exposed the other day in the Assembly when it stalled the proceeding for more than two hours on two occasions. The party stood exposed for its demands, which came handy for the ruling YSR Congress to expose.
The TDP was taken to task on its demand to allow the opposition party members to sit in the House as they wish or at least allow them to change the seating arrangements made for deputy floor leader K Atchannaidu and senior leader Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary. The two leaders swapped their seats so that Butchaiah Chowdary could sit next to Chandrababu Naidu in the House, which the ruling party opposed.
After this row, the TDP wanted to speak after the government’s reply to the debate on the budget. The procedure and the prerogative of the ruling party is it replies to the debate or the questions asked in the House. The speaker allows the members, both the ruling and opposition, to speak or seek answers from the government. Once the Ministers reply, if needed, the members may put some supplementary questions or seek clarification for which the ministers do so. But, once the final reply is given and the debate is concluded, the opposition TDP insisted that they be given the chance to conclude the debate. Nowhere the opposition party is given a chance to conclude any debate in the House and Chandrababu Naidu, who had 40 years’ of experience in politics and who had served for 14 years as chief minister is well aware of the rule position.
But, knowing all these, the TDP members have stalled the proceedings of the House for nearly one hour insisting that they be given the chance to reply to the minister. It happened when finance minister Buggana Rajendranath replied to the debate on the budget. But, the speaker disallowed the TDP members to speak stating that it was not the tradition or practice of the Assembly to give a chance to the Opposition party to conclude any debate in the House.