It looks like even the seat is so important for politicians. The AP Assembly had witnessed heated discussion on Wednesday over seating arrangements made in the House. The speaker had allotted the seats to the ruling party members and the opposition members on priority. The first seat in the House is given to the Leader of the House (Chief Minister) and the first rows on the right side of the Speaker are given to the Ministers. The seats on the extreme left side of the speaker are given to the women legislators of the ruling party.
The opposition comes on the right side of the speaker. In the Opposition row, the Leader of Opposition is given the first seat and the deputy leader of the opposition is given the seat next to the leader of opposition. As the leader of the House, the chief minister gets a two-seater and Chandrababu Naidu as chief minister had enjoyed this in the last five years. But, the opposition leader has to share his seat with his deputy floor leader. When Chandrababu Naidu was sitting alone in a two-seater, Jaganmohan Reddy with 67 MLAs was given a two seater to share it with his deputy leader.
The speaker had almost followed the same, giving a two-seater to the leader of the house and sharing the two-seater in the first row for floor leader and deputy floor leader of the opposition. But, surprisingly, TDP floor leader, Chandrababu Naidu, who is also the opposition leader with 23 MLAs to the party, sought a change in the seating arrangements for the party. He wanted the speaker to give the seat next to him to Rajahmundry MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary and not to deputy floor leader K Atchannaidu. The TDP chief wanted the speaker to make separate seating arrangement for Atchannaidu, which the speaker said he would look into.
But, the YSR Congress leaders, including chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy questioned the right of Chandrababu Naidu in asking for seating in his own style and not at the discretion of the speaker. Jaganmohan Reddy wondered how a leader who had served the state for 14 years as chief minister and who claims four decades of experience is dictating the speaker on his seating arrangement.