AP House adjourned twice on liquor kickbacks issue

Last Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 14:56

Hyderabad: Main opposition Telugu Desam
Party disrupted proceedings of Andhra Pradesh Assembly
demanding that ministers, who allegedly received kickbacks
from liquor syndicates, be sacked from the Cabinet
immediately, forcing adjournment of the House twice on Monday morning.

Unsatisfied with the government`s reply to a marathon
debate on the liquor syndicates issue in the House on Friday,
the TDP MLAs stormed the Speaker`s podium when the House
assembled today and raised slogans demanding sacking of
tainted ministers.

They also demanded a judicial inquiry into the liquor
syndicates` affairs besides tabling of the Anti-Corruption
Bureau report.

Speaker Nadendla Manohar said the TDP members could raise
the issue in a different form as the House already debated it
for nine hours on Friday.

Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu too made a
similar appeal and asked the TDP members not to stall the
House.

But the TDP legislators did not relent, leading to the
first adjournment for half an hour.

Noisy scenes continued when the House re-assembly after
about 70 minutes as the opposition legislators remained in the
Well of the House, holding placards and raising slogans on
their demands.

Amidst the din, the Speaker asked Government Whip
Dronamraju Srinivas to initiate general discussion on the
Budget.

With the TDP MLAs raising their pitch, the Speaker
adjourned the House for half-an-hour for the second time.

Earlier, the TDP members, led by their chief N
Chandrababu Naidu, came to the Assembly in a rally after
staging a protest at the Gun Park.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 14:56

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