AP Assembly passes Appropriation Bill sans debate
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 16:04
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday passed Appropriation Bill, 2011 without any debate amidst pandemonium over setting up of a House Committee to probe alleged irregularities in land allotments.

Earlier a deadlock ensued between the opposition TDP and the Congress as the former insisted upon continuation of the debate on land allotments while the government wanted the Appropriation Bill adopted first.

The TDP legislators, alternatively, suggested that the government could straightaway announce the constitution of a House Committee to probe the irregularities in land allotments and then take up the Appropriation Bill.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, however, assured the House saying "We will not run away from the debate. The debate will continue for any length of time at the end of which the government will reply to it. We need to tell the people (about) the steps being taken for industrial development in the state."

Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu said that the government should first constitute a House Committee without any further debate on the lands issue before taking up the Appropriation Bill.

As the deadlock continued for more than an hour, officiating Speaker Nadendla Manohar asked Finance Minister Aanam Ramanarayana Reddy to move the Bill which was then adopted by voice vote even as the TDP MLAs stormed the Speaker's podium in protest.

Earlier in the day, proceedings of the House were adjourned for thirty minutes as legislators of TDP and the loyalists of rebel leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, raised slogans and counter-slogans against each other.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 16:04

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