Andhra assembly adjourned as TRS stalls proceedings


Hyderabad: As Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao’s fast unto death entered the 10th day Tuesday, the party repeatedly stalled proceedings in the Andhra Pradesh assembly demanding a resolution on a separate Telangana state and forcing the house’s adjournment for the day.

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The TRS had also stalled the house proceedings Monday when the house was paying tributes to former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who died in a helicopter crash Sep 2.

Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy had to adjourn the house thrice, the third time for the day, as TRS legislators rushed to the podium after he rejected their adjournment motion. The TRS wanted the house to pass a resolution for a separate state of Telangana.

As soon as the house met for the day, TRS legislators were on their feet demanding that their adjournment motion be taken up and that an official resolution to carve out a separate Telangana state be moved.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) members also moved separate adjournment motions demanding a resolution.

Pandemonium prevailed in the house as TRS workers raised slogans of “Jai Telangana” and rushed towards the speaker’s podium after he rejected the adjournment motion and tried to go ahead with the listed agenda.

Even after the speaker adjourned the house for 15 minutes, TRS legislators remained where they were raising slogans of “Jai Telangana”. Ruling Congress party legislators countered them with slogans of “Jai Andhra” and “Jai Rayalaseema”.

After the house reassembled, TRS stuck to its demand while the other opposition parties supported it. Amid the din, the speaker adjourned the house for half hour.

When the house re-assembled, there was no let up in the din and the speaker adjourned the house for the day.

The TRS, the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and all other parties except the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) are demanding that the house pass a resolution on Telangana. The ruling party said it would abide by the decision of its central leadership.

The parties expressed their views at an emergency all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah Monday night after being asked by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The MIM sought two days to take a decision.

The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Monday evening authorised the party chief to take a decision. Party legislators from the three regions of the state expressed divergent views over the Telangana issue.

Rosaiah reported the outcome of both the meetings to Sonia Gandhi, who is discussing the matter with senior party leaders like Pranab Mukherjee, M. Veerappa Moily and Ahmed Patel.