Telangana, other issues disrupt LS proceedings for 3rd day
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 18:10
New Delhi: Lok Sabha was rocked for the third consecutive day on Thursday over the Telangana issue, which along with other matters like price rise, women's reservation and demand for creation of Bodoland prevented normal functioning of the House.

The House saw two adjournments in the pre-lunch session between 11 AM to 12.15 PM and finally for the day at around 2.10 PM, barely ten minutes after it re-assembled.

Trouble began soon after the House met for the day, with TDP members from coastal Andhra and Rayalseema creating uproar by protesting the announcement for a separate Telangana state.

Displaying placards reading 'We want united AP', the TDP members rushed to the well raising slogans.

TDP members K Narayana Rao, M Venu Gopala Reddy, N Kristappa and N Sivaprasad continued shouting slogans even as Speaker Meira Kumar asked them not to display placards, saying the members should observe "sanctity" of the House.

Congress members from Telangana countered the TDP members by showing placards favouring a separate state and raised 'Jai Telangana' slogans.

The issue highlighted the clear divide between members from Telangana and Andhra irrespective of party affiliations.

While TDP member from Telangana R Ramesh favoured a separate state and displayed a 'Jai Telangana' placard, Congress members from Andhra and Rayalseema too were on their feet demanding united Andhra Pradesh.

In the din, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran replied to a question each.

Amid pandemonium, Bodoland Peoples' Front (BPF) member S K Bwiswmuthiary too rushed to the well with a placard demanding separate statehood for Bodoland and raised slogans.

As repeated pleas by the Chair to TDP and BPF members to return to their seats and a promise that they would be heard during Zero Hour went unheeded, the House was adjourned for 15 minutes till 11.30 AM.

When the House met again, slogan-shouting by TDP members continued but the Question Hour went on.

Trouble continued as soon as the Question Hour was over with four members from TDP storming the well carrying placards saying, 'We want united AP'. They were joined by Bwismuthiary.

Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S R Reddy, was behind egging on those agitating members who were demanding a united Andhra Pradesh.

Soon, Samajwadi Party members, including Dharmendra Yadav, Shailendra Kumar and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh trooped into the well demanding withdrawal of the Women's Reservation Bill, a report on which was presented in Parliament today.

Former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (RJD) too came to the well protesting against price rise.

In the din, Speaker Meira Kumar ordered laying of various reports and statements listed for the day.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee introduced a Bill to consolidate laws relating to coinage and mints and their protection, and Home Minister P Chidambaram another bill to raise salaries and allowances of ministers.

Amid pandemonium, the House took up discussion on Naxalite and Maoist violence.

CPI-M leader Basudeb Acharia rose to speak, but TDP and BPF members continued their slogan shouting. At this, Deputy Speaker Karia Munda adjourned the House till 2 PM.

Unrelenting members from TDP and BPF continued their protests when the House met again, forcing adjournment for the day.


First Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 18:10

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