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Andhra Pradesh Cabinet passes resolution to abolish Legislative Council

Andhra Pradesh Cabinet passes resolution to abolish Legislative Council

Assam was the first state to abolish its state legislative council in 1947.

Jan 27, 2020 15:34 IST

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The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet passed a resolution on January 27, 2020 that proposes the abolishment of the state Legislative Council.

The proposal will now be taken up for discussion in the state Legislative Assembly, following which the resolution will be sent to the centre for necessary follow-up action.  The ruling YSR Congress has a minority in the Legislative Council.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy-led party has just nine members in the 58-member council, while the opposition Telugu Desam Party has a majority in the house with 28 members. YSR Congress will have to wait till 2021 to get a majority in the house.

Why does AP government want to abolish the Legislative Council?

The proposal to abolish the legislative council has been adopted by the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. The move came after Reddy’s government failed to pass two crucial bills in the upper house of the legislature. The bills were related to the government’s plan of having three different capitals for the state- Legislative, judicial and executive capitals.

What is the Legislative Council?

The Legislative Council is the upper house in the state legislature. Similar to the Rajya Sabha, the council is a permanent house, which means that it cannot be dissolved. Only the state legislative assembly can be dissolved.

How can the state legislative council be abolished?

The Parliament is the sole authority that can provide for the abolishment of a state legislative council or creation of a council in a state that has no council till now. The Parliament can pass the law if the state legislative assembly passes a resolution proposing the abolishment of the council by a majority of the total membership of the assembly and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of members present and voting.

Which state was the first to abolish the state legislative council?

Assam was the first state to abolish its state legislative council. The state passed a resolution for the same in 1947.

How many states have abolished the legislative council?

After Assam, West Bengal had abolished its legislative council in 1969 and Punjab abolished it in 1970. The state legislative council of Andhra Pradesh was also abolished previously in 1985 and was revived again in 2006.

States that abolished Legislative Council

Assam Legislative Council

1947

West Bengal Legislative Council

1969

Punjab Legislative Council

1970

Tamil Nadu Legislative Council

1986

Jammu and Kashmir

2019

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