5 Andhra MLAs suspended for seven days for unruly behaviour

Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar termed the behavior of some members as "unruly, unjustified and uncalled for" and observed that the incidents in the House yesterday were "shameful for democracy."

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 16:06 PM IST

Hyderabad: Five MLAs, including three from TRS and two from TDP, were on Friday suspended from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for seven days for their unruly
behaviour during Governor ESL Narasimhan`s address to the joint sitting of both the houses.

Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu moved a motion seeking suspension of the MLAs which was approved by voice vote.

Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar termed the behavior of some members as "unruly, unjustified and uncalled for" and observed that the incidents in the House yesterday were
"shameful for democracy."

"We have not been able to follow the high standards of public life that we are expected to. Members have to rise above their petty issues and safeguard the dignity of the
House," Manohar noted.

Asserting that it was the responsibility of every member to uphold the values of the House, the Deputy Speaker said severe action was warranted against the members who
misbehaved.

Sridhar Babu endorsed these views and said yesterday`s incidents in the House were "totally unwanted."

Accordingly, he moved the motion for suspension of T Harish Rao, K Sammaiah and Vidyasagar of TRS, A Revanth Reddy and P Mahender Reddy of TDP from the House for a week.

The Assembly was then adjourned till Monday.

Bedlam prevailed in the state legislature yesterday as TRS and TDP MLAs from Telangana region virtually manhandled Narasimhan as he was delivering the customary address to the
joint sitting of both houses on the opening day of the budget session.

PTI