Pro-Telangana slogans during Prez address to Parliament

The Presidential address in Parliament was disrupted by some Congress members from Andhra Pradesh who raised pro-Telangana slogans towards the fag end of the speech.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 18:43 PM IST

New Delhi: The Presidential address in
Parliament on Monday was disrupted by some Congress members from
Andhra Pradesh who raised pro-Telangana slogans towards the
fag end of the speech.

President Pratibha Patil`s 45-minute address to the joint
sitting of both Houses went on smoothly except towards the end
when some Congress members from Andhra Pradesh rose from their
seats, displayed pro-Telangana banners and shouted "Jai
Telangana" and "We want Telangana".

However, when Vice-President Hamid Ansari rose to speak,
these members resumed their seats.

Later, when the President was leaving the Central Hall of
Parliament after the ceremony got over, these members tried to
draw her attention towards their cause by raising slogans
again.
They also showed her the banners they were carrying.

When Patil mentioned said in her address that she was
hopeful that the Women`s Reservation Bill - already passed by
the Rajya Sabha - would soon be taken up by the Lok Sabha,
members thumped their desks.

Another round of applause came when she appreciated the
recent fight for democracy in Egypt.

Some members looked disinterested when the speech was
being rendered. A few of them were seen chatting while Patil
spoke, while two senior members dozed off during the speech.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was seen engaged
in a conversation with a member sitting next to him.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, occupying a seat on
the last bench with Congress members Jitendra Singh and Pratap
Singh Bajwa, also kept talking to colleagues sitting nearby.
Before the address began, senior BJP leader L K Advani was
seen having a word with JD(S) chief and former Prime Minister
Deve Gowda.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sat next to Leader of
the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and there was no
sign of any tension perhaps because of the understanding
reached between the government and the Opposition on ending
the stalemate over the JPC issue in the 2G scam.

Some MPs, including actor-turned politician Raj Babbar,
walked in when Patil was halfway through her speech.

PTI