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Andhra Cabinet moves to end Legislative Council

Only six states in the country have both the houses as majority of the states have abolished the Vidhan Mandali. Chief minister said that expenditure of nearly Rs 60 crore per year and Rs 300 crore during the five-year tenure on the council would go to waste if the council continues to block the bills passed by the assembly.

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AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh cabinet chaired by chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday passed a resolution to abolish the Legislative Council. The resolution will now be moved in the Assembly to be commenced in a short while. The state government has been contemplating to abolish the council for the past few days since it received a setback in the upper house which referred the three-capital cities bill and CRDA repeal bill to the select committee. Chief minister Jaganmohan had hinted at going for dissolution of the council at the assembly meeting on Thursday. Since YSRC enjoys huge majority in the assembly, the resolution to abolish the council will be cleared after a day-long discussion in the assembly today. The resolution will be sent to Centre seeking introduction of a bill to dissolve the upper house. Only six states in the country have both the houses as majority of the states have abolished the Vidhan Mandali. Chief minister said that expenditure of nearly Rs 60 crore per year and Rs 300 crore during the five-year tenure on the council would go to waste if the council continues to block the bills passed by the assembly.

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