Debate on cash-for-vote scam adjourns Andhra Pradesh Assembly

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Pandemonium reigned in Andhra Pradesh Assembly on cash-for-vote scam on, 4 September. When YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), the main opposition party, insisted on a debate on the issue, the House repeated adjournments.

Speaker K Sivaprasada Rao adjourned the House as YSRCP members raised slogans to press their demand for a debate on the issue.

Earlier, he rejected the motion for an adjournment notice moved by the YSRCP. Frustrated, the opposition MLAs rushed to the speaker’s podium, when Rao asked them to raise the issue in some other form.

Ministers R Kishore Babu, Atchan Naidu, Palle Raghunath Reddy and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members, said, the case was a political row and said YSRCP and the TRS had joined hands to implicate TDP leaders in a false case.

Amid chaos, the speaker adjourned the house for 10 minutes. When the house re-assembled, he allowed Jaganmohan Reddy to speak.

The leader of opposition wanted to know from chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu if the voice in the audio tape is his voice. He also wanted to know if he didn’t send TDP leader Revanth Reddy to bribe nominated lawmaker Elvis Stephenson.

“They were caught while giving bribe but tried to project it as an inter-state dispute. Their argument is that it is alright to give bribe, but it is not correct to catch us,” said Jagan.

The YSRCP chief said Naidu’s name figures 22 times in the chargesheet and there are also forensic reports about the audio tape.

Countering Jagan by alleging that he has entered into a plan with Telangana Rashtra Samiti to harm the state’s interests, the opposition MLAs again rushed to the speaker’s podium.

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