Tuesday, 11 Feb, 8.08 pm The Hans India

Select Committee has no sanctity: Subhash Chandra Bose

Amaravati: Since the Select Committee was not formed within 14 days after the announcement by the Legislative Council Chairman, it is not valid anymore, said Deputy Chief Minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose.

Addressing a press conference at Secretariat at Velagapudi in Guntur district on Tuesday, he stated that the Council Chairman went against the Rules of the House in the name of discretionary powers and sent the Bills to the Select Committee on his own.

TDP members were making false accusations on the government that we were influencing Assembly Secretary to rule out the Select Committee but we need not influence anyone going against the rules, he explained.

"It was TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, who went against the rules and influenced the Council Chairman to use the discretionary powers. In the Council, if there was anyone who went against the rules then it was TDP members", he criticised.

"Though Rule 71 doesn't apply for the Bills, the members demanded the discussion to which the Chairman agreed. We even agreed for the discussion but the Chairman instead of asking for the voting, in the name of discretionary powers referred it to the Select Committee. One cannot do everything with discretionary powers," he said.

The Deputy CM further stated that Chandrababu Naidu influenced the Chairman by sitting in a visitors' gallery. "It is a shameful act for a person who was Chief Minister for 14 years and they are alleging that we are fearing for the Select Committee. It is they who overruled the stipulated guidelines of the House and created chaos. The senior most leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, who always talks about house rules has gone against them", he said.

Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council Ummareddy Venkateshwarulu said that the TDP members have intentionally committed the mistake and went against the House rules. "Instead of sending queries or objections on the bill immediately, they listed them all at the end of the day and referred to the Select Committee. Right before the announcement, the Chairman of the House agreed that he was making the mistake. As per the rules, Rule 154 was not applicable after Chairman himself agreed with the mistake.

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