Newly-elected Andhra Pradesh MLAs take oath

Newly-elected Andhra Pradesh MLAs take oath

AMRAVATI: The newly-elected legislators of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday took oath as members of the state Assembly.nnOne MLA of the ruling YSR Congress could not attend due to personal reasons.nnProtem Speaker S V C Appala Naidu administered the oath to the new members, beginning with Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and followed by Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu.nnThe 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly acquired new hues as the blue-white-green shades of YSR Congress dominated the members’ rows.nnThe YSRC secured a landslide in the recent elections, winning a staggering 151 seats.nnThe Telugu Desam Party that ruled the state from June 2014 to May 2019 now has just 23 MLAs.nnThe Jana Sena has only one MLA.nnBoth Jagan and Naidu greeted each other from a distance upon taking oath, but the courteous shaking of hands was missing.nnThe 25 ministers were then sworn-in, followed by 11 women members.nnThe other members then took turns and the entire process that began at 11.05 am, ended around 4 pm, after a one-hour lunch break in between.nnOnly about half a dozen members took oath in English while all others did it in Telugu.nnNellore Rural MLA K Sridhar Reddy was made to take oath for a second time after he swore “in the name of Jagan” the first time.nnThe protem Speaker asked Reddy to take oath in the prescribed format and accordingly the second-time legislator took oath in the name of god.nnMeanwhile, veteran legislator Tammineni Sitaram filed his nomination on Wednesday evening for the Speaker’s election.nnAs many as 30 YSRC MLAs seconded his nomination and he is expected to be elected to the post unopposed.nnSitaram’s election as Speaker would be formally announced in the House on Thursday.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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