Telangana protests force Lok Sabha adjournment
The issue of separate Telangana generated heat in the Lok Sabha, which witnessed two brief adjournments Wednesday as TRS, TDP and some Congress members vociferously raised the issue.
New Delhi: The issue of separate Telangana
generated heat in the Lok Sabha, which witnessed two brief
adjournments Wednesday as TRS, TDP and some Congress members
vociferously raised the issue.
As soon as the House assembled for the day, TRS members K
Chandrasekhar Rao and M Vijayashanti were on their feet
demanding the status of the notice for adjournment on
Telangana issue given by them.
Even before Speaker Meira Kumar could take up the
Question Hour, they pressed for the Motion.
The Speaker`s direction to raise the matter during Zero
Hour failed to cut any ice with the TRS members who continued
to press with their demand.
A section of Congress members including M Jagannath, Madhu
Goud Yaskhi and Sarvey Satyanarayana also raised slogans
demanding a separate Telangana.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy
made attempts to calm the tempers but slogan shouting
continued from both sides on the issue.
In the melee, CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia, who was also
asked by the Speaker to raise the issue of price rise during
Zero Hour, was heard voicing concern over inflation.
The Speaker adjourned the proceedings till 11:30 am as Rao
and Vijayashanti trooped into the Well. TDP members were seen
showing placards favouring a United Andhra Pradesh. TDP`s
Modugula Venugopala Reddy and Satyanarayana were seen in the
After the House was adjourned, Congress` pro-Telangana
members had a heated exchange with their party member P C
Chacko who had asked them to take their seats.
When the House re-assembled, Leader of the Opposition
Sushma Swaraj made a strong plea for a separate Telangana,
saying her party would support a bill for the separate state
if the government moved it in the current session.
"Everything has come to a standstill in Telangana region.
If anything is going on it is firing of rubber bullets. This
can be resolved right way, the Prime Minister is sitting here.
If he says that government will bring a bill for a separate
Telangana, we will support it," she said.
Swaraj also utilised the opportunity to point out the
differences on the issue within the Congress saying at least
11 members of the ruling party had also joined the TRS members
in demanding a separate Telangana.
Normal life remained disrupted in Telangana region of
Andhra Pradesh today on the second day of the 48-hour bandh
called by Telangana groups in support of their demand for
introduction of a bill for separate statehood.
Schools, colleges, shops and other commercial
establishments remained closed and public buses largely
remained off the roads with some pro-Telangana workers` unions
participating in the shut down.