AP Assembly suspends 64 TDP MLAs, including Chandrababu Naidu

The suspended TDP MLAs entered into a scuffle with the Assembly marshals when they forcibly tried to evict the former from the House.

Hyderabad: Unruly scenes were witnessed in
the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday night as 64 TDP MLAs, including
party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, were suspended for disrupting
proceedings of the House.

The TDP legislators had stalled proceedings demanding a
discussion on the plight of farmers even as the controversial
bill relating to regulation of Microfinance Institutions
(MFIs) was slated to be taken up as part of the government
business.

The suspended TDP MLAs entered into a scuffle with the
Assembly marshals when they forcibly tried to evict the former
from the House.

Irate TDP members shouted at the marshals, who came in
very huge numbers into the House on the instructions of Deputy
Speaker Nadendla Manohar.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was not present in the
House. Leader of Opposition Chandrababu and his deputy P
Ashoka Gajapathi Raju remained mute spectators as the marshals
physically lifted the suspended MLAs even as some unruly MLAs
tore placards and threw the pieces at the Deputy Speaker.

At that stage, Chandrababu lost his cool and spit fire at
Manohar. He even shouted at some of his own colleagues when
they tried to calm him down.

Chaos prevailed in the House for over 50 minutes even as
the mikes were switched off. In fact, the TDP members uprooted
about half-a-dozen mikes in protest against their suspension.

The evicted TDP legislators again made their way into the
House, leaving the marshals helpless.

The Deputy Speaker sat quietly in the Chair while the
ruling Congress members tried to boo their TDP colleagues.

This resulted in an exchange of words between the treasury and
opposition benches.

In the end again, the marshals overpowered the MLAs and
removed them from the House. Chandrababu himself walked out of
the House.

Earlier in the day, the House finally took up a
short-duration discussion on the miseries of farmers.

Initiating the debate, Chandrababu demanded that the
Centre declare the recent natural calamity in AP as a national
calamity and bail out the distressed farmers.

He demanded that all farm loans to affected farmers be
waived and the government pay Rs 10,000 per acre of paddy crop
damaged in heavy rains.

The discussion remained inconclusive.

PTI

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