They believe it is a good reason: it’s a bumper time for weddings with an estimated 1.2 lakh marriages to be held over the next few days. Because it’s been deemed an auspicious period.
The lawmakers are in the middle of their extended four-day weekend.
The session of the Andhra Pradesh legislature began at the start of the month and is to end on the 30th.
At least 100 law-makers of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had written to the Speaker, Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, asking to be excused for two days over their weekend off. The Speaker agreed. To make up, the lawmakers have agreed to two extra days in the session.
Andhra has 176 law-makers; of them, 67 from the main opposition party, the YSR Congress, are boycotting the entire session. So 100 members of the ruling party have been in the House along with three from the BJP.
The lawmakers skipped the session on two days last week too, to attend the AgTech Summit organised by the government along with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.