Telugu Desam MLAs led by A. Revanth Reddy on Tuesday wrote to Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary objecting to the proposed presentation on irrigation projects on March 31 by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The three TD MLAs informed the Speaker that there has not been a single instance wherein a member has been permitted to give a speech in Parliament or any other Assembly with an electronic aid, which is barred by rules.
Legislature debates, which are printed and published, constitute the permanent official records of the proceedings of the House. Instead of allowing the Chief Minister to make his presentation in the Assembly chambers, he might be given an opportunity to conduct it in any of the committee halls in the Assembly precincts, they said. They said such a presentation would be deny the Opposition an opportunity to speak on the subject.
Opposition leader K. Jana Reddy, and all Congress MLAs including PCC chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Tuesday wrote to Mr Chary requesting him not to allow Chief Minister's proposed power point presentation on irrigation issues in the Assembly chambers and suggested, like the Telugu Desam, to hold it in any committee hall of the Assembly. They said it is undemocratic and anti constitution to allow only the Leader of the House (Chief Minister) to make his presentation and while asking all the Opposition legislators to keep mum without having an opportunity to seek clarifications.