Deadlock over land allotment issue continues in AP Assembly

Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 14:33

Hyderabad: The deadlock in the Andhra Pradesh
Assembly over the demand for constitution of a Joint
Legislative Committee to probe land allotments continued for
the fourth day on Monday, as both government and the opposition
remained unrelenting.

Proceedings were adjourned twice this morning as main
opposition TDP stuck to the demand that JLC be set up to probe
land allotments in the last six years, while the government
maintained that there was no provision for constitution of
such a committee as per the rules.
Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu and Major
Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy said the government was
ready to make a statement in the House on the land allotments.
"Let us discuss the issue based on the statement. You can
raise any demand if you are not satisfied with the outcome of
the discussion," Sridhar Babu told the TDP MLAs, who stormed
the Speaker`s podium holding placards.

Reddy said there was no question of accepting the demand
for a JLC without a discussion in the House.

TDP deputy leader P Ashoka Gajapathi Raju disputed Reddy`s
claim and said the government was accountable to the Assembly.
"The government`s collective responsibility to the
Constitution has to be translated here. Hence, a JLC should be
necessarily constituted," he said.

"When people`s assets are brazenly looted, it is our
responsibility to probe it through a JLC," he added, citing
Parliamentary procedures to justify the demand.

Officiating Speaker, Nadendla Manohar maintained that
Parliament`s procedures were different and could not be
applied to the state Legislature, where JLC was not provided
for in the rules.
The TDP members, however, remained adamant on the
demand, leading to the first adjournment for 30 minutes.

The officiating Speaker held an informal meeting with
floor leaders of parties and several ministers to break the
deadlock.

When the house reassembled, situation did not change, as
TDP MLAs remained on their feet holding placards and shouting
slogans.

Manohar then adjourned the proceedings for another half
an hour for the second time and convened a formal meeting of
all floor leaders to break the impasse.

Earlier, the Left parties insisted on a discussion
through an adjournment motion on issues related to Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The officiating Speaker
disallowed the adjournment motion but the members were allowed
to make a mention of the issue.

Government`s chief whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said the
government was committed to implement the SC and ST sub-plans
for the welfare of the communities.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 14:33

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