HYDERABAD: In a move that surprised even the opposition parties, the Telangana speaker adjourned the Legislative Assembly till Monday, a little over six minutes after the house convened on Thursday morning.
As soon as the Assembly convened, speaker S Madhusudhana Chary announced the commencement of Question Hour. However, members of the Congress, TDP, BJP and Left parties rushed to the podium and raised the issue of farmers’ suicides and demanded that the government make a clear-cut announcement on waiver of farm loans.
The Speaker said the issue was debated for two days and went ahead with the question hour. Women and child welfare minister Tummala Nageswara Rao started to reply to a query from TRS member Konda Surekha on Arogya Lakshmi scheme when Congress members rushed into the well. Members of TDP, BJP and Left parties rose to their feet and started sloganeering.
At this point, taking the entire opposition by surprise, Madhusudhana Chary adjourned the House till Monday.
The abrupt adjournment annoyed the opposition parties, barring MIM, who once again displayed a rare unity and staged a walk out from the Assembly. They marched towards the Gun Park opposite Assembly and staged a dharna.
As the police prevented them, the MLAs squatted on the road bringing traffic on the busy road to a standstill and police had to physically remove the agitating MLAs from the road. They were taken to Nampally police station.
CPI secretary K Narayana, state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, CPM state secretary T Veerabhadram, TDP state president L Ramana and others reached Nampally police station to express solidarity with the protesting MLAs.