AP House adjourned twice on liquor kickbacks issue
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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.


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

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