Andhra OKs resolution to scrap state Upper House

The Andhra Pradesh assembly passed a statutory resolution to abolish the legislative council. With the opposition TDP boycotting the session, the resolution was passed 133-0.

The move comes after the council, which has TDP in majority, refused to pass the YSRC government’s bill to have three capitals in the state and referred it to the select committee. The upper house has 58 seats with TDP having 26 councillors and YSRC nine.

After a day-long debate in the assembly, speaker Tammineni Sitharam put the resolution for division and declared it has been passed unopposed. The council will cease to exist only after both houses of Parliament approve the bill under Article 169 and the President gives final nod. If President Kovind gives his assent, this will be second time in 35 years that the council will be abolished.

CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said the government was proud to abolish the council as it was subverting people’s welfare.

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