Andhra Assembly proceedings stalled over JLC for sixth day
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 18:04
Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party forced adjournment of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly without transaction of any business on Wednesday over the demand of a Joint Legislature Committee to probe the land allotments in the last six years.

This was the sixth day that the issue has rocked the Assembly. The government today said it would consider the demand for JLC only if Opposition allowed discussion on the issue in the House first.

The TDP, however, remained adamant, saying it wanted nothing but a JLC.

TDP MLAs stormed the Speaker's podium soon after proceedings began, and shouted slogans, which led to first adjournment for half an hour.

But order could not be restored after the House reassembled. Officiating Speaker, Nadendla Manohar, then adjourned the proceedings till noon.

The TDP members insisted on a JLC and remained in the well of the House even as Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu and Major Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy maintained that the government was ready for a discussion on the subject first.

"Without a discussion, how can we consider your demand? Why are you shying away from the discussion," Reddy asked.

She said Andhra Pradesh attracted investments of Rs 50,000 crore in the last seven years, whereas the investments during the nine-year TDP rule were just Rs 15,000 crore.

"In the Information Technology sector, only 80,000 jobs were created during the TDP regime while 1.10 lakh jobs were created since 2004," the Minister said.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader, Akbaruddin Owaisi, once again raised the Wakf lands issue while BJP legislator G Kishan Reddy spoke about allotment of endowments lands for industries.

CPI and CPM leaders G Mallesh and J Ranga Reddy also spoke on the issue.

With both the treasury and the opposition sides sticking to their respective stands, the deadlock continued, leading to an abrupt adjournment of the House for the day.


First Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 18:04

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