N Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP national president and former chief minister, strongly objected to the manner in which Speaker Tammineni Sitaram did not implement the Covid-19 preventive measures in the Assembly, thus putting at serious risk all the MLAs and MLCs attending the session. He expressed surprise that the AP Assembly Speaker was not taking any notice of the health of the members and all those working there at a time when extraordinary precautions were taken in Parliament by erecting partitions between members. Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters here on Thursday, the TDP chief said that Karumuri Nageswara Rao, YSRCP MLA, had asked all his party leaders to go for self-quarantine because on Wednesday he had declared positive for the virus. A meeting with the infected MLA was attended by the home minister, but she came to the Assembly without a facemask. Almost all of the MLAs and MLCs of the ruling party were not wearing masks or following social distance in absolute disregard for everyone's overall health, he said.
He said the Speaker should serve as a responsible protector of the well-being of all Assembly members, but he was not bothered to take precautionary steps at all. After Tirupati MP Balli Durga Prasada Rao died due to infection, the Chief Minister and his party leaders did not learn any lessons, he said. It was identified by Naidu as unfortunate that even the temperature of the MLAs was not tested before the Assembly entered. The YSRCP and the Chief Minister continued their negligent behaviour and always seemed to adhere to their old remarks, as the virus was only a tiny health concern that could be treated with 'Paracetamol' and 'bleaching powder.' It should be noted that only 90 to 95 percent of the vaccine available at this time was successful. In addition, according to researchers, there may be side effects. The Speaker and the Chief Minister should take all necessary measures in such a situation, he said.