Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party and BJP MLAs from Telangana region stalled the proceedings of Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday forcing its adjournment for the day without transacting any business.
The legislators were demanding that the state government honour the agreement it signed with employees of Telangana region and pay salaries for the 42-day general strike period and the previous agitations in support of a separate state.
The government, however, pleaded helplessness in view of the legal issues involved. Two adjournments for brief periods could not restore order in the House as the opposition members stormed into the Speaker`s podium demanding a discussion on the issue.
The BJP had moved an adjournment motion this morning but Speaker Nadendla Manohar disallowed it.
BJP members G Kishan Reddy and E Lakshmi Narayana, however, insisted on a discussion on the issue following which Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao intervened saying the government was committed to honouring the agreement but legal hurdles were coming in the way.
Dharmana alleged that the BJP was raising the issue despite knowing well the facts with an eye on the by-elections in Telangana region slated for March 18.
Not satisfied with the minister`s reply, Lakshmi Narayana rushed into the Well of the House as Kishan Reddy remained on his feet raising slogans from his seat. The Speaker then adjourned the House for 10 minutes.
On the House reassembling after 75 minutes, the TDP legislators from Telangana sought to seize the opportunity and a handful of them trooped into the Well demanding a firm assurance from the government.
They pointed out that 20,000 employees had retired from service after the strike and were deprived of their superannuation benefits.