The Andhra Pradesh cabinet led Chief Minister by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday chose to abolish the state legislative council. While the speed with which the cabinet moved may have astonished a few, the choice itself was to a great extent anticipated.
AP Cabinet Passes Bill to Abolish State’s Legislative Council
In the May 2018 assembly polls, the YSRCP cleared winning 151 of the 175 assembly seats with the main Opposition TDP getting a measly 23 seats in the Lower House. YSRCP considered this to be a slap against what it said was the Amaravati-driven model of improvement that the past Chandrababu Naidu-drove TDP government had followed in the state. However, in the Upper House which has a strength of 58 people – including eight nominated ones – YSRCP has a negligible nine members, TDP has 26 with rest separated among others including BJP which has three. With the flow opening of four seats, the effective strength of the board is 54 and the vast majority of the nominated members have tended in the general side with the Opposition TDP. And also, YSRCP doesn’t need an Upper Council where it would take it quite a long while to get a majority.
Its an obvious fact that YSRCP is in a rush to fix a ton of measures taken by the past TDP government including charges like denotifying the Amaravati Capital Region Development Authority. However, being in a minority in the Upper House has implied it is at an extreme impairment. Recently, using the Upper House, the Opposition TDP had the option to slow down a few key milestone legislations which the YSRCP government was desperate to pass.
Typically while the TDP is crying foul at this new move of the state government, YSRCP supporters bring up that how it was really TDP which when it came to control without precedent for 1983 tried to abolish the Upper House. At long last, in 1985, TDP managed to get the Upper House canceled, therefore changing over a bicameral house into a uni-cameral one till 2007 when Congress revived it in the wake of returning to control both in the state and at the Center. TDP then had justified the measure pointing the then fundamental Opposition Congress party’s slowing down strategies in preventing going of key enactment using its strength in the Upper House however it had lost in the assembly polls. Presently the wheel has come a round trip with YSRCP doing to TDP what the TDP did to Congress.
While the cabinet resolution will easily sail through the assembly, things aren’t that smooth for YSRCP. The bill considerably after being passed in the assembly should be referred to the Center which needs to get the assent of Parliament by presenting a bill. YSRCP should mess around with BJP inured to accomplish its goal of abolishing the upper house. BJP and NDA are probably not going to oblige except if they removes their pound of political flesh. So while the wheels have been gotten underway for the abolition of the upper house in Andhra, the real deed regardless of whether everything goes easily may at least 6-9 months from being figured it out