HYDERABAD: The Telangana Assembly was today adjourned twice as TDP members protested over ruling TRS' allegation that a company owned by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's family was supplying adulterated milk that was banned by Kerala government.
The TDP members were on their feet during Question Hour as TRS member E Ravindra Reddy and Redya Naik, who recently switched from Congress to the ruling party, alleged that the milk supplied by the firm was adulterated.
State Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao supported his party colleagues and flashed a purported order issued by Kerala government banning the milk.
Deputy Chief Minister S Rajaiah, who holds the health portfolio, said a case was registered against the company at Panjagutta in Hyderabad following a sample test in which the milk was found to contain "detergent" and action was taken against it as per the Food Safety Act, 2006.
Taking exception to this, TDP's senior legislator A Revanth Reddy and others came into the Well of the House.
Revanth pointed out that Kerala government permitted sale of the company's milk after it found nothing amiss.
Amid the din, Speaker S Madhusudanachari adjourned the House for ten minutes, but order did not restore as the IT Minister alleged that the TDP members were acting like "stooges" of the neighbouring state's Chief Minister.
"You are not directors or stakeholders of the company. Why are you bothered," Rama Rao questioned the TDP MLAs.
As the opposition members continued their protest, the Speaker adjourned the House again for ten minutes.
The ruckus happened during Question Hour when legislators of TDP and Congress raised the adulterated milk supply issue and expressed serious concern over it.
"It's a social evil and the government needs to take stringent action against those indulging in supply of adulterated and synthetic milk as it seriously affects public health," senior Congress MLA J Geetha Reddy said.
Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy, who also holds the animal husbandry portfolio, expressed concern over adulterated milk and administration of Oxytocin injections to milch cattle to increase yield.
The Deputy Chief Minister (Health) assured the House that the government would take stringent action against producers of adulterated milk.