Excitement is building up on the eve of the first session of the 13th Assembly. While the recharged Congress members, who rode to power on the crest of pro- YS Rajasekhara Reddy wave, are raring to go, Megastaxr Chiranjeevi too is eager to enter the portals of the Assembly for the first time, with his 17 MLAs, giving the lower house a touch of Tollywood glamour.
The session might not witness the usual fireworks as no issues would be taken up for discussion.
Oath-taking by MLAs who include 147 new faces, Speaker’s election, Governor’s address, discussion on the address and the Chief Minister’s reply would be the agenda for this short session which will end on June 9 or 10.
There is a festive atmosphere in the Congress camp. Though the TDP is a stronger opposition now compared to the 12th Assembly, the Congress members are high on confidence and are eager to take part in the proceedings. The ruling party, however, is struck by a tragedy. Even before he was sworn in as MLA, Tekkali legislator Revathipathi died today at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam following a cardiac problem.
A condolence motion would be moved to mourn his death. There would be no Question Hour or other business proceedings in this session. According to Finance and Legislative Affairs Minister Konijeti Rosaiah, prior to commencement of the session, senior member and former minister JC Diwakar Reddy would take oath as Pro tem Speaker at the Raj Bhavan at 9 am.
He would then administer oath to the newly-elected MLAs in the Assembly session that begins at 10.30 am. After Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu and floor leaders of other political parties take oath, other members will be called in an alphabetical order of their names for swearing in. With 294 members to take oath – 156 Congress, 92 TDP, 18 PRP, 10 TRS, 7 MIM, 4 CPI, 2 BJP, one each of CPM, Lok Satta and three Independents – the process is expected to take six hours to complete.
Rosaiah urged all MLAs, particularly the first-timers, to bring their declaration certificate issued by the Returning Officer to avoid inconvenience at the Assembly entrance gate.
Five passes were being issued to each MLA to bring in their family members or friends. Three large LCD screens would be placed outside the Assembly to show the proceedings live.
Filing of nominations for the Speaker’s post would take place between 10.30 am and 5 pm tomorrow.
Congress party had already declared Piler MLA N Kiran Kumar Reddy as its candidate for the post. Floor leaders G Kishan Reddy (BJP) and Akbaruddin Owaisi (MIM) would file a set of nominations in support of Kiran Kumar Reddy.
As per the agenda proposed, the session would begin tomorrow at 10.30 am for oath-taking of MLAs.
The Speaker would be elected on June 4. The Governor would address a joint session of the Legislative Council and Assembly at the Central Hall on June 5 at 11 am. Discussion and the Chief Minister’s reply on the Governor’s address would take place on June 8 and 9. There would be no session on June 6 and 7. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) chaired by the Speaker would finalise the agenda.
Elaborate security arrangements were made for the first session of the new Assembly.