Vijayawada: It was a break from serious discussions. In a bit of light-hearted banter in the Assembly based on the letter ‘A’, the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Leader of the Opposition Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy gave their own interpretations to this alphabet, in the process adding fun and humour to the proceedings.
They started by playing around with the very first letter of the alphabet.
Mr Naidu said ‘A’ stood for Amaravati and Abhivrudhi, but Jagan had a different view, saying that ‘A’ meant Avinithi, Abaddam and Arachakam.
To this Mr Naidu swiftly retorted that AA meant Andhra Pradesh, Aarogyam and Aanandam, to which Mr Jagan came back with Aathmahatyalu, Aatm-avanchana.
While everyone listened with rapt attention and many smiles, the verbal war of both the leaders in the Assembly entertained everyone and provided a ‘timeout’ from serious political discussions.
It began when Mr Naidu, in the Assembly, while explaining the importance of sports on the occasion of appointing P.V. Sindhu as deputy collector, criticised the UPA government, which, according to him, had failed to conduct Commonwealth Games and that this had eroded the prestige of India.
In this context, Mr Naidu had stressed the importance of physical fitness for individual happiness.
At this juncture Mr Naidu provided some new definitions, namely that ‘A’ meant Amaravati and Abhivrudhi and AA stood for Andhra Pradesh, Aarogyam and Aanandam.
As a counterpoint, Mr Jagan criticised the state government, which he said had shown a lot of appreciation for badminton champ P.V. Sindhu, but a fraction of that concern was not seen when addressing the concerns of the farmers!
And then he presented his definitions of A and AA as Avinithi, Abaddam and Arachakam, and AA as Aathmahatyalu, Aatmavanchana.
Peals of laughter followed, as his listeners were highly entertained.