Newly-elected AP MLAs take oath

Protem 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. (PTI File Photo)

The newly-elected legislators of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday took oath as members of the state Assembly.

One MLA of the ruling YSR Congress could not attend due to personal reasons.

Protem 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.

The 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly acquired new hues as the blue-white-green shades of YSR Congress dominated the members' rows. The YSRC secured a landslide in the recent elections, winning a staggering 151 seats. The Telugu Desam Party that ruled the state from June 2014 to May 2019 now has just 23 MLAs. The Jana Sena has only one MLA.

Both Jagan and Naidu greeted each other from a distance upon taking the oath, but the courteous shaking of hands was missing. The 25 ministers were then sworn-in, followed by 11 women members. The 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.

Only about half a dozen members took oath in English while all others did it in Telugu. Nellore 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.

The protem Speaker asked Reddy to take oath in the prescribed format and accordingly the second-time legislator took oath in the name of god. Meanwhile, veteran legislator Tammineni Sitaram filed his nomination on Wednesday evening for the Speaker's election.

As many as 30 YSRC MLAs seconded his nomination and he is expected to be elected to the post unopposed. Sitaram's election as Speaker would be formally announced in the House on Thursday.

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