Amaravati, March 14 (IANS) The opposition YSR Congress Party stayed away from Andhra Pradesh assembly on Tuesday when it took up a resolution to condole the death of a sitting legislator, who defected to the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
The assembly adjourned for the day after paying tributes to Bhuma Nagi Reddy, a member from Nandyal in Kurnool district.
Nagi Reddy, also a three-time MP, died of cardiac arrest on Sunday.
The YSRCP said it stayed away to protest TDP’s action in denying him a cabinet berth after luring him to the party.
The opposition party alleged that Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu betrayed Nagi Reddy after promising him a ministerial berth and this resulted in his ‘untimely’ death.
YSRCP chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy said that they could not sit and condole Bhuma’s death with those who were responsible for it.
He alleged that TDP tried to politicise the condolence by bringing Bhuma’s daughter Akhila Priya to the assembly within 24 hours of his cremation.
Akhila Priya, who represents Allagadda constituency in Kurnool district, said she was pained that Jagan and his party members did not attend the house to participate in the condolence motion.
Akhila Priya along with her father had crossed over to TDP last year.
She was elected to the assembly as a YSRCP candidate in 2014, following the death of her mother Shobha Nagi Reddy in a road accident during the elections.