AP: Legislative Council to come up on April 2

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007, 13:53 [IST]
 

Hyderabad, Apr 1: Legislative Council will be coming into existence in Andhra Pradesh tomorrow after a gap of 22 years.
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Actor-turned-politician N T Rama Rao who founded the Telugu Desam&13;Party (TDP) and stormed into power within seven months of establishing&13;the party in 1983, was constantly irked by Congress as it had a&13;majority in the Council. Several bills were returned to the Assembly&13;for reconsideration.
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The TDP got the Council abolished through a resolution in the&13;Assembly where it had two third majority. The reason shown for the&13;abolition was austerity.
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Congress which came to power in 2004, promised to revive the upper&13;House in its election manifesto and fulfilled it after three years.
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Governor Rameshwar Thakur would administer the oath as Pro tem&13;Chairman to CPI leader Puvvada Nageswara Rao who was a member of the&13;abolished House, at 0830 hrs in Raj Bhavan tomorrow morning. The House&13;would meet at 1030 hrs at Jubilee Hall and members would be sworn in by&13;the Pro tem Chairman.
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The Governor would inaugurate the renovated Council building&13;tomorrow and the regular session of the upper House would be held on&13;April three. On the same day the regular Chairman would be elected.
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The Legislative Council was first established through a resolution&13;of the Assembly on July one, 1958 when Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was the&13;Chief Minister. Assembly members elected 31 members, local bodies&13;elected 31 members, teachers and graduates elected eight members each&13;and Governor nominated 12 members. The same procedure would be followed.
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Madapati Hanumantha Rao was the first Chairman of the Council and&13;Syed Mukasir Shah was the Chairman when it was abolished. Gottipati&13;Brahmaiah, Thota Ramaswamy, Pidathala Ranga Reddy and Nivarti Venkata&13;Subbaiah were prominent among the Chairmen of the upper House.
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Present Finance Minister K Rosaiah, Jupudi Yagnarayana, V Rama&13;Rao, P V Chalapati Rao, Moturi Hanumanta Rao, K Keshava Rao (APCC&13;President and Rajya Sabha Member), Bhavanam Venkata Ram and Bangaru&13;Lakshman were among the prominent members of the Legislative Council.

Eminent personolities like Boyi Bhimanna (poet), Nerella Venu Madhav&13;(mimicry artiste), Varadacharyulu, Ilendula Saraswati Devi (writers)&13;and Sivalenka Sambhu Prasad (Editor of the now defunct Andhra Patrika)&13;were prominent among the nominated members. MLCs would get the same&13;salary and perks as members of the Assembly. The leader of the&13;opposition would enjoy the same status as the opposition leader in the&13;Assembly (Cabinet rank).
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So far only 64 members (including 12 nominated by the Governor)&13;were elected to the 90 member House. Council members also would be&13;provided quarters like Assembly members.
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While the Assembly session would start at 0830 hrs the Council&13;session would start at 1000 hrs, so that Ministers could answer&13;questions in both the Houses.
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&13; Secretary Legislature Tuljananda Singh had sent telegrams to all the 64 members urging them to attend the sesssion tomorrow.
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