BJP, TDP force adjournment of AP Assembly

TDP and BJP MLAs from Telangana region stalled the proceedings of the AP Assembly forcing its adjournment for the day.

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party and
Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs from Telangana region stalled the
proceedings of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly 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 as well as the previous agitations, in support
of a separate state, but the government 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 the
Speaker`s podium demanding a discussion on the issue.

The BJP moved an adjournment motion in the House 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 at his seat raising slogans.

The Speaker then adjourned the House for 10 minutes
but it re-assembled after 75 minutes.

After the House reassembled, 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

They pointed out that 20,000 employees had retired
from service after the strike and were deprived of the
superannuation benefits.