There is a buzz that Jagan will take many important decisions in the days to come. In fact he took many key decisions during last six months. He merged RTC with the government, which was thought impossible. On the other hand, unfazed by the Centre’s advisory, he reviewed the power purchase agreements. He resorted to reverse tendering for Polavaram and now taking steps to develop three state capitals. Overall, Jagan is going ahead the way he wants. There are also speculations that he will do away with the legislative Council.
There are reports that Jagan will abolish the legislative council. TDP has the strength in 58-member council. While TDP has 26 MLCs, Jagan’s party has just nine. With its strength, the opposition party is planning to stall the bills. During the winter session, it sent back two bills to Assembly in the name of amendments. While one bill was about Jagan’s decision to introduce English as medium of instruction in government schools, the other was for creating separate commissions for SCs and STs. Seeking amendments to the bills, the TDP stalled the bills in the upper House.
Jagan stormed to power with a majority of 151 seats in the Assembly. While he has overwhelming majority in Assembly, he is facing the hurdles in the Council. In this House the government is facing resistance from former minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Chandrababu’s son Nara Lokesh. The fact that Jagan came to the Council only once in six months shows how big headache the TDP is for him there. TDP has the majority in the Council and as a result the ruling YSRCP is facing a tough time.
There is a talk that Jagan is angry over two bills being sent back. This has made him to question why should there be a Council. In 1985, NTR had abolished the Council. Then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi facilitated this by getting the relevant bill passed in Lok Sabha. Now Modi is in power at the Centre. There is a discussion going on whether Jagan will go ahead with his move even if Modi says no to it.
BJP has three MLCs in the Council. AP government is in financial doldrums and that is why it is asking why should there be Council. Moreover, three years ago the Centre elicited opinion of the states which want to abolish upper house of their legislatures. That’s why if Jagan government wants to abolish the Council, Modi government may not oppose it.
There is another issue here. In 2006 when UPA government led by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in power at the Centre, then CM YSR had revived the Council. Now his son Jagan is AP CM. It is being said that if son abolishes the Council which his father had revived may get him bad record. Jagan has been claiming to be following in the footsteps of his father. On the Council issue, if he acts against his father’s stand, this will trigger a debate and even a controversy. Let us see what will be the fate of the elders’ House.