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AP House adjournment over liquor kickback issue

Last Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:16

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Assembly could not
transact any real business on Monday as main opposition TDP
stalled proceedings demanding that ministers, who allegedly
received kickbacks from liquor syndicates, be sacked from
the Cabinet immediately, forcing adjournment of the House for
the day.

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 this morning and raised slogans demanding sacking of
tainted ministers. They wanted the debate on the controversial
issue to be continued even today.

Two adjournments, each for half an hour, did not bring
order in the House as the TDP legislators remained firm on
their demands forcing Speaker Nadendla Manohar to eventually
adjourn the House for the day.

The TDP demanded a judicial inquiry into the liquor
syndicates` affairs besides tabling of the Anti-Corruption
Bureau report in the Assembly.

Right from the start of the day`s proceedings, the TDP
members surrounded the Speaker`s podium, holding placards and
raising slogans seeking dismissal of tainted ministers from
the Cabinet.

The Speaker repeatedly 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

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

Noisy scenes continued when the House re-assembled after
about 70 minutes as the opposition legislators remained in the
Well of the House, holding placards and raising slogans on
their demands. They alleged that the Chief Minister was
shielding the ministers who received kickbacks from the liquor

Amid the din, the Speaker asked Government Whip
Dronamraju Srinivas to initiate general discussion on the
Budget after announcing that the questions listed for the day
were "deemed to have been answered."

With the TDP MLAs raising their pitch, the Speaker
adjourned the House for half an hour for the second time. The
half an hour adjournment lasted close to two hours but did not
bring an end to the pandemonium.

Earlier, TDP members, led by their chief N Chandrababu
Naidu, came to the Assembly in a rally after staging a protest
at the Gun Park. Naidu got angry at the police personnel when
they objected to carrying of placards into the Assembly
building. "Be in your limits," he told police officials on


First Published: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:16
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