Andhra Assembly adjourned twice over Telangana

Published: 22nd September 2012 12:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2012 12:01 PM   |  A+A-

The Andhra Pradesh state legislative assembly remained paralysed for the fifth and last day of the brief monsoon session with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) stalling the proceedings to press its demand for passing a resolution on Telangana.

Speaker N. Manohar adjourned the house for an hour for the second time since morning as TRS members surrounded the podium, demanding that the house pass a resolution for formation of Telangana state.

Raising slogans of 'Jai Telangana' and holding placards, the TRS members prevented the speaker from taking up the scheduled business of the house. The repeated appeals by the speaker and the ruling Congress party to allow debate on electricity and other issues fell on deaf ears.

Legislative Affairs Minister D. Sridhar Babu said Telangana issue fell under the purview of the central government and the latter would take a decision on the same. The government made it clear that passing a resolution on Telangana is not possible.

The legislators of the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) also staged a sit-in near the speaker's podium, demanding that the government release Krishna river water to Krishna delta. They alleged that water is not being released to the delta farmers despite adequate levels in Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar.

Earlier, the speaker rejected the seven adjournment motions moved by TDP, TRS and other opposition parties.

Sridhar Babu said that while the government was ready for a debate on all issues, the opposition was stalling the proceedings.


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