TDP, TRS continue to disrupt AP House proceedings

The AP Assembly was adjourned without transacting any real business for the second consecutive day today.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was
adjourned without transacting any real business for the second
consecutive day today as the Telugu Desam and the Telangana
Rashtra Samiti disrupted the proceedings even as Chief
Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy accused the Opposition of lacking
any issues for debate.

The TDP and the TRS members continued with the same
protest as yesterday on the same issues by storming the
Speaker`s podium.

While the TDP demanded that the ministers involved in the
liquor syndicates be removed from the Cabinet forthwith, the
TRS insisted on a resolution seeking creation of Telangana

Repeated pleas by Speaker Nadendla Manohar to let the
House transact business, as the issues raised by the
Opposition could be taken up in a different form, fell on deaf

This led to the first adjournment within six minutes
after the House assembled at 9 am this morning. The Speaker
called floor leaders of all parties for a meeting to resolve
the stalemate.

The meeting of floor leaders, which was boycotted by the
TDP, lasted three hours and then the House resumed.

Government Whip Dronamraju Srinivas moved a resolution
for constituting a Joint Legislature Committee (JLC) to probe
into the land allotments for various Special Economic Zones in
the state, which was adopted by voice vote.

Interestingly, the government did not agree to the
constitution of JLC during the Budget session last year and
very recently the Speaker constituted a House Committee of the
Assembly to probe the land deals.

The TDP protested the constitution of the Committee in
which only two of its members found place.

As it kicked up a row, the Speaker decided to cancel
the House Committee even as Legislative Council Chairman A
Chakrapani suggested that members of the Council to be
included in the probe panel.

Accordingly, the government decided to constitute a
JLC while its terms of reference would be fixed later.
Meanwhile, the TDP and the TRS MLAs continued with
their protest at the Speaker`s podium.

The Chief Minister intervened and appealed to the
members to let the House transact business.

"We are ready for discussing any issue in the House.
But, by stalling the House, the opposition is proving that it
is devoid of issues," the Chief Minister remarked.

"Your behaviour indicates that you are totally happy
with all the decisions we are taking as the Executive and you
are endorsing them. You don`t have any suggestions to make (to
the government)," Kiran added and appealed to the Opposition
not to waste "precious time of the House."

But the TDP and TRS MLAs remained unrelenting, forcing
the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day.