Expressing his displeasure that Telangana and Andhra Pradesh’s common Governor ESL Narasimhan did not approve a bill, the BJP floor leader in Andhra’s Legislative Assembly Vishnu Kumar Raju accused Narasimhan of being biased.
Raju, who is also the Visakhapatnam North MLA, claimed that Narasimhan was supporting Telangana and had been showing a ‘step-motherly’ attitude towards Andhra.
Addressing reporters in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, Raju said that the Andhra government sent a Bill on conversion of agriculture land into non-agricultural land on December 3, 2017. The bill would help in drawing investments to the state, he said.
The bill had been sent after a group of Ministers looked into the issue, and a Cabinet discussion was held on the same.
The bill, also known as the NALA Act, 2016, was rejected by the Governor, even as he approved a similar bill from Telangana, the BJP MLA alleged.
“After the approval of the Assembly and the Council, it was again sent to the Governor on December 4, but there has been no action so far. I came to know that the Governor has once again sent it back seeking a clarification. All this indicates his lack of affection towards AP and his acts are detrimental to development of business in the State,” the MLA was quoted as saying.
These allegations also come days after the Telangana unit of the Congress said that Narasimhan had become a 'yes-man' to the state government.
The entire issue began after a delegation of senior Congress leaders called on the Governor last week, but got into a heated argument, as Narasimhan allegedly kept defending the TRS government.
"Governor Narasimhan is behaving like a TRS leader. When we tried to explain to him the anti-people policies of the state government, he did not listen patiently. Instead, he asked us to support the government. Whom should we approach when the Constitutional head is solidly backing the undemocratic measures of the state government?” ex-Union minister Sarve Satyanarayana said.