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Andhra Pradesh: Cabinet approves draft bill to abolish Legislative Council 

The Andhra Pradesh cabinet held a meeting on Monday, has approved the draft bill decision to abolish the legislative council after its chairman referred the three-capital bill to the select committee to review it.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government was considering the move over the last few days, in lieu to overcome the hurdles which were being created by Upper House of State Legislature. The 58-member Council was dominated by the former ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

While the TDP had 26 MLCs in the Council, the state-ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) had 9 members -- leaving the latter at disadvantage. The Chief Minister was fearful that a number of key decision passed by his government, which require the assent of Legislative Council, would remain stranded due to opposition from the TDP-controlled Council.

TDP MP Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar said the Andhra Pradesh government "is expected to follow the values of the Constitution. Unfortunately it has taken an abnormal decision."

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"The Legislative Council may be dissolved for other reasons but not for the reason that it sent the bills to a select committee," said Kumar.

Minister for Finance and Legislative Affairs Buggana Rajendranath during a discussion on Thursday said, "There has been a conspiracy in the way the two bills -- Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Act (Repeal) Bill -- have been referred to a selection committee on Wednesday by the Legislative Council Chairman."

Rajendranath further said the council chairman hadn't been given discretionary powers of Rule 154 to refer the bills to a select committee thus, proper procedure has not been followed to refer the bills to the select committee.

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