Oppn stalls proceedings in AP Assembly over JLC probe
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Last Updated: Friday, March 18, 2011, 14:51
Hyderabad: The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh continued to face the heat of a combined opposition onslaught in the Assembly for the third consecutive day Friday, as the latter stalled proceedings demanding constitution of a Joint Legislature Committee (JLC) to probe the various land deals since 2004.

Assurance by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy that the government would make a statement in the Assembly on Monday on the controversial land allotments did not satisfy main opposition Telugu Desam Party.

The TDP MLAs, who stormed the Speaker's podium demanding a JLC, forced adjournment of the proceedings twice this morning.

As soon as the House assembled this morning, the TDP members trooped into the Well of the House holding placards and demanding that the JLC be constituted to probe the controversial land allotments. The CPM and the CPI supported the demand.

Officiating Speaker Nadendla Manohar repeatedly appealed to the members to ensure order in the House but to no avail. This led to the first adjournment for 15 minutes.

When the House re-assembled after 70 minutes, the TDP legislators were on their feet again with their demand.

The Chief Minister intervened to tell the House that the government would not only review the land allotments case by case but also the entire allotment policy.

"We are committed on the issue. We shall make a statement on the issue on Monday," he said.


First Published: Friday, March 18, 2011, 14:51

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