CM Jagan To Go NTR Way?

CM Jagan To Go NTR Way?

AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy is seems to be going the way of former CM and late NT Ramarao in the issue of Legislative Council. A day after a huge set back from the Council Chairman MA Sharif over the AP Decentralization and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020 who referred it to the Select Committee thus delaying the Bill for three more months, AP CM Jagan is toying with the idea of tasting a drastic step - to scrap the Legislative Council.

CM Jagan himself has strongly condemned the act of Legislative Council and its chairman MA Sharif's decision to send the bills to Select Committee using his special discretionary powers. Speaking in Assembly yesterday, Jagan said is it is murder of democracy. He said the act has raised some serious questions over Council & its functioning. Jagan said, "Is it necessary to have Council?" Jagan went onto state that around Rs 60 Crore is being spent to run the Council and claimed it as an 'unwanted expenditure' from public exchequer. CM Jagan said only 6 states in the whole country have Legislative Councils whereas other states doesn't have. This is clear indication from CM Jagan that he is toying with the idea of abolishing Council.

It can be noted that former CM NT Ramarao had scrapped the Council in 1985 after he had become CM in 1983 and 'suffering' a lot from then Legislative Council that was dominated by then Opposition Congress. Looks like, CM Jagan is now set to emulate NTR. Interestingly and ironically, it was Jagan's own father and late YS Rajasekhar Reddy who had revived Council in 2007.

Meanwhile, even if AP state government comes forward to scrap the Council, the ball goes into the Centre's court. Home Minister Amit Shah has to take a final call and it is expected that it would take sometime. Until then, it's going to be tough for CM Jagan as many controversial bills may be stalled in the Council.

It is learnt that CM Jagan and team have already initiated the groundwork in Delhi to get the Council abolished. But given that Janasena and BJP are having tie-up and both these parties are opposing CM Jagan's proposed 3 capitals to the state, it is unlikely that Home Minister Amit Shah would give in to Jagan's decision of scrapping Council. The politics in AP have turned interesting.