AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal to abolish the Legislative Council, according to a report in the Times of India.
The report said that the government will move a resolution in the Assembly later in the day. The state government had mooted the move since it received a setback in the upper house which referred the three-capital cities bill and CRDA repeal bill to the select committee.
Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy said that expenditure of nearly Rs 60 crore per year and Rs 300 crore during the five-year tenure on the council would go to waste if the council continues to block the bills passed by the assembly.
Reddy had hinted at going for dissolution of the council at the assembly meeting on Thursday. Since YSRC enjoys huge majority in the assembly, the resolution to abolish the council is expected to be cleared without any hurdles.
The opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which has 21 MLAs in the 175-member assembly, has decided to boycott the proceedings on Monday. The party wants to stay away from the session to show that the resolution was taken in the absence of the opposition.
The decision was taken at TDP legislature party meeting held on Sunday. Led by opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu, the meeting discussed strategy to take on the government, said the TOI report.
Curiously, at least six MLCs stayed away from the meeting. Although those who abstained from the meeting had conveyed their inability to attend the meet on personal and health grounds, it triggered panic in opposition circles in the wake of YSRC's alleged attempts to poach some MLCs ahead of Monday's session.