HYDERABAD: Pandemonium prevailed in the state legislative Assembly on Friday when Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary rejected a Congress-sponsored adjournment motion on the government’s alleged plan to scrap the public distribution system (PDS) in the state. With the speaker not agreeing to allow a debate on the issue, the Congress legislators staged a walkout.
Immediately after the rejection of the motion by the speaker, Congress members rose to their feet and demanded that the speaker allow a discussion on the issue. The speaker, however, rejected their demand stating that once a motion was rejected, it cannot be allowed for discussion in the House.
Congress members, led by T Jeevan Reddy who moved the motion, said that the government was thinking of scrapping PDS and the move was unjustified as lakhs of poor families were dependent on the essential commodities supplied through PDS.
BJP floor leader G Kishan Reddy also registered his protest against rejection of a BJP’s adjournment motion on delay in promotions to police personnel and lack of job security for Home Guards.