The political climate in Andhra Pradesh has heated up with main opposition, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) deciding to move a no-trust motion against the six-month-old Kiran Kumar Reddy government.
This comes in the wake of the former Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy accusing the TDP of being in a “match-fixing deal” with the Congress. TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had hit back, asking Jaganmohan to parade the Congress MLAs supporting him before the governor, before the TDP moved a no-trust motion.
Though Jagan did not respond, TDP moved ahead with the twin objective of cornering Jagan and telling the electorate that it (TDP) had nothing to hide. If the MLAs supporting Jagan vote against the motion disobeying Congress whip, they stand to get disqualified from the assembly, unless he can muster support of 57 MLAs.
The TDP requested officiating speaker Nadendla Manohar on Thursday to extend the special session of the assembly to take up the motion, citing “farmers’ miseries” under the present government for moving the motion. “We cannot watch silently when people are suffering. We are ready for any eventuality, even for fresh elections,” said Naidu. The Congress camp is confident of wading through. “We are ready to face the motion. We have 156 members (in the 294-strong assembly), whereas the TDP has only 88...,” transport minister Botsa Satyanarayana said.