Telangana issue continues to paralyse AP House

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was adjourned without transacting any business as it was rocked by the vexatious Telangana issue for the eighth day on Monday.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 13:59 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was adjourned without transacting any business as it was rocked by the vexatious Telangana issue for the eighth day on Monday.

Order was not restored in the House even after two adjournments forcing Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar to adjourn it for the day.

The contentious statehood issue continued to push the Assembly into turmoil as the Telugu Desam Party MLAs from the region rushed into the Well of the House demanding that a Bill for creation of a separate Telangana state be immediately
tabled in Parliament.

The ruling Congress legislators from Telangana too joined the issue, holding placards and raising slogans. The CPI MLAs as well raised the issue, disrupting proceedings of the House.

The main separatist Telangana Rashtra Samiti legislators boycotted the proceedings today.

Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu appealed to the members to let the House transact business. He took exception to the TDP members` protest saying it was their party that blocked the creation of Telangana state during the
NDA regime, recalling LK Advani’s statement on the issue.

Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu hit back saying it was the Congress that was the root cause for the current imbroglio.

At one stage, TDP MLA Kothakota Dayakar Rao rushed angrily towards Sridhar Babu protesting his remarks against the TDP. Chief Whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and other Congress MLAs prevented the TDP member from virtually getting physical
with the minister.

Amidst this, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes. When the House re-assembled after one-and-a-half hour after the first break, the TDP Telangana members once again stormed the Speaker’s podium holding placards. The CPI MLAs too joined them.

PTI