Stormy Monsoon Session on cards in AP Assembly

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Hyderabad, Aug 24 (UNI) The Monsoon Session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, beginning tomorrow is expected to be stormy with both the ruling party and Opposition gearing up to ''corner'' each other ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.

According to official sources, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, who chaired a Cabinet meeting here, had asked his Cabinet colleagues to be well-prepared to ''counter'' the Opposition on various issues, including the price rise.

Officials were reportedly told to do some 'home work' and provide the ministers with the materials required to give satisfying replies to the Opposition MLAs during the session, which is likely to last for 10 days.

The ministers would be divided into two teams to carry out the business in the Assembly and in the Council, which would meet from August 26.

''The Opposition will raise burning issues like acute fertiliser shortage, skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and irregularities in land sale and in the implementation of the Rajiv Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme,'' TDP Legislature Party Deputy Leader N Janardhan Reddy told reporters.

Newly-elected Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Floor Leader E Rajender told newspersons that the party would rake up the alleged non-implementation of 610 GO, large scale sale of Telangana lands and other issues confronting the Telangana region, including ''injustice'' in the allotment of river water to the region.

CPI Floor Leader Ch Venkata Reddy said the Opposition parties would use all their mite to ''corner'' the ruling Congress on the issues of land distribution to poor and price rise.

The government would introduce bills for constituting 'Metro Rail Authority,' replacing the Ordinance promulgated during the inter-session period. Bill for setting up Jawaharlal Nehru Fine Arts University and superspeciality veterinary hospitals in Hyderabad, Kakinada and Anantapur, would also be introduced the sources said.


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