Andhra Pradesh assembly adjourned for the day
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 11, 2010, 17:50
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was on Saturday adjourned without transacting any business for the second day in a row as the opposition parties Praja Rajyam and Telangana Rashtra Samiti disrupted the proceedings on two different issues.

While the TRS demanded that all cases booked against students in connection with the pro-Telangana agitation be withdrawn forthwith, the PRP wanted the government to extend immediate help to farmers who were pushed into misery because of nature’s fury this year.

The Telugu Desam Party too later joined the protest on the farmers’ issue leading to chaos in the House.

Repeated attempts by Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar, who was in the chair, to bring the House to order failed and the opposition members persisting with their demand even stormed into the Well of the House.

Manohar announced that Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy would make a statement on the cases against students and appealed to the members to get back to their seats. But the TRS members remained adamant.

The House was adjourned within 5 minutes after the day’s proceedings began at 9 am as the TRS and the PRP MLAs rushed to Speaker’s podium holding placards and raising slogans.

Manohar immediately adjourned the proceedings for 15 minutes but the House resumed only after 65 minutes.

Even then the TRS and the PRP members surrounded the Speaker’s podium raising slogans on the respective issues. The Telugu Desam Party legislators too rushed into the Well of the House demanding that the House immediately discuss the farmers’ plight.

Amidst the din, the Deputy Speaker announced postponing all questions listed for the day and asked Minister for Legislative Affairs D Sridhar Babu to move three Bills.

Sridhar Babu introduced the Andhra Pradesh Micro Finance Institutions (Regulation of Money Lending) Bill, 2010, the Andhra Pradesh Self-Help Groups Women (Leasing of Agriculture Land) Bill, 2010 and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2010 through a voice vote.

Manohar repeatedly pleaded with the agitating members to cooperate and let the House transact business but to no avail.

"It is very unfortunate. The House cannot function in this manner," he lamented and adjourned the proceedings for the second time for 30 minutes.

He later called floor leaders of all parties for a meeting to end the stalemate.

However, the Deputy Speaker's efforts to bring order in the House proved futile as the din continued even after the House resumed after the second adjournment. As a result the proceedings were adjourned for the third time for 15 minutes.

The same unruly scene prevailed when the House resumed after the third adjournment. "It is a very unfortunate situation and I am left with no other choice but to adjourn the House till Monday," Manohar announced.

Earlier, the TDP MLAs led by Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu conducted a padayatra (foot march) from the NTR Ghat to the Assembly demanding that the government immediately come to the rescue of the farmers in coastal districts whose crops were destroyed in heavy rains last week.

Meanwhile, the 10 TRS MLAs were arrested by police late night on Friday as they sat on a dharna outside Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy’s residence.

The MLAs earlier held talks with the Home Minister and pressed their demand for immediate withdrawal of all cases booked against agitating students.

The Home Minister pointed out that it was not possible to withdraw all cases. Only such cases that were not grave in nature could be lifted, she told the TRS legislators and assured that she would make a statement in the House.

However, the TRS members refused to pay heed and sat on a dharna outside the Home Minister?s residence following which the police took them into custody and set them free at the far-away Golconda police station.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held a meeting this morning with ministers and Congress MLAs from Telangana region and discussed the issue. The MLAs wanted all cases against students be withdrawn but the Chief Minister reportedly told them that every case has to be examined in detail before taking any decision.


First Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010, 17:50

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