Repeated adjournments in Parliament on Telangana issue
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 16:28
New Delhi: Parliament on Thursday witnessed repeated adjournments following uproar over demands for separate Telangana, an issue which saw members from TRS, BJP and Congress coming together despite their divergent political leanings.

Both Houses of Parliament were rocked by the demand as soon as they met for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao and his colleague M Vijayashanti rushed to the Well, chanting 'Jai Telangana' and 'We want Telangana'. They were supported by BJP members.

A section of Congress members from Andhra Pradesh too were seen in the aisle raising slogans for a separate Telangana, while TDP members were seen waving placards favouring 'United Andhra Pradesh'.

A Congress member went across to the TDP members and snatched the placard and joined his protesting colleagues.

Speaker Meira Kumar repeatedly pleaded with the agitated members to allow the Question Hour to continue, but when they did not relent, she adjourned the House till noon.

Same scenes were repeated when the House re-assembled.

The Speaker requested the members to let the House function and allow taking up debate on the Railway Budget but the pleas went unheeded.

Amidst the din, Shahnawaz Hussain (BJP) raised the issue of the Supreme Court verdict on CVC and said the matter should be taken up in the House considering its serious nature. He was supported by his party members.

In view of the uproar, the Speaker adjourned the House for 30 minutes.

When the House met again at 12.30 pm, TRS members and some from Congress were again on their feet. Rao and Vijayshanti were again in the Well.

The Speaker said she would allow members, including the TRS chief, to speak briefly on Telangana issue to ensure that the House functions properly.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav also requested Rao and Vijayashanti to go to their seats but they did not relent.

Yadav also wanted Congress members, who were vociferously demanding separate Telangana state, to end slogan shouting.

"We are in favour of Telangana state. But all the members want debate on Rail Budget," the JD(U) leader said. This triggered angry protests from Congress members. He said he should be allowed to complete what he wanted to say but Congress members did not listen.

The Speaker's offer to members to speak caused a division among the Congress members who were favouring Telangana.

K Rajgopal Reddy of Congress wanted to speak but he was stopped by other pro-Telangana party members.

As the din continued, Meira Kumar adjourned the House till 2 pm.

After the adjournment, Reddy and some of his party colleagues were seen engaged in heated exchanges among themselves.

Uproar over the issue was again witnessed when the House re-assembled.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani requested Rao and Vijayashanti to resume their seats, saying people of Telangana want statehood through an Act of Parliament.

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj took strong objection to the Speaker's offer to members to speak briefly.

"The government is already aware of what the members want to say. The government should act. Why is this drama being enacted. We want the government to commit that the Telangana

Bill be brought in the current session," Swaraj said.

She said, "The government is responsible for this 'tamasha' (drama)."

As the din continued, the Chair adjourned the House till 3 pm.


First Published: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 16:28

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