Amaravati, Dec 1 (IANS) Sparks continued to fly in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on the second day of the Winter Session on Tuesday, as ruling YSRCP members demanded an apology from TDP leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu for his conduct in the House.
In a repeat of Monday’s scenes, Naidu gesticulated ferociously, backed by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) state President Kinjarapu Atchannaidu and other party members. Reacting to this, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) legislators demanded an apology from Naidu.
“He (Naidu) has to apologise or you (Speaker) should send him out,” said government whip Korumatla Srinivasulu
Senior YSRCP leader Ambati Rambabu said nobody had ever behaved like this in the Assembly.
Chodavaram MLA Karanam Dharmasri asked if Naidu was behaving like that because he is out of power. “If you still assume that you are in power, continue to be in that darkness,” said Dharmasri.
He said that Naidu had said at a press conference on Monday that he behaved so as he was enraged.
Deputy Chief Minister Amjad Basha recollected that YS Jaganmohan Reddy did not behave in this fashion when he was the opposition leader.
He alleged that Naidu undermined people from the so-called lower castes and did not like Tammineni Sitaram assuming the post of Assembly Speaker.
Basha said that he did not expect this kind of behaviour from Naidu as many people like him respect his vast political experience.
The Deputy CM said that the state was doling out myriad welfare schemes purely on the basis of eligibility without any discrimination.
Mailavaram YSRCP MLA Vasanta Venkata Krishna Prasad said his party members do not behave like Naidu in a threatening manner by shaking their hands ferociously.
He said that YSRCP MLAs behaved with responsibility and said that they have a Chief Minister who lived up to public expectations.
Meanwhile, Speaker Sitaram said he would not seek any apology from Naidu and leave it to his better judgement.