HYDERABAD:Wednesday’s ugly spat in the Assembly was followed on Thursday by a high drama with Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy staging a walkout and threatening to boycott the rest of the session alleging that Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was not allowing them to speak, even as eight YSRC MLAs were suspended from the House for three days for their “inappropriate behaviour”.
Later, the YSRC MLAs led by Jagan called on Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan here and lodged a complaint against the Speaker. They then served a notice of no-confidence motion against the Speaker charging him with “behaving like a TDP man”.
“We would not attend the House until the House takes up a debate on the no-trust motion against the Speaker,” Jagan said. Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao said he never denied an opportunity to the members of the Opposition to air their views on any subject in the Assembly. Earlier in the day, around 10.30 am when Jagan was speaking on the State budget, the Speaker cut his mike stating that he had exceeded his time limit. Taken aback, a visibly enraged Jagan, said, “I will speak.” The Speaker replied with, “No, you can’t speak.” There was an argument between the Chair and the YSRC chief for a while. Then, the Speaker allowed Agriculture Minister P Pulla Rao to speak.
Objecting to this, the YSRC members trooped into the Well of the House demanding that mike be given to their leader to continue his speech. They tried to tap on the Speaker’s podium to express their anger. Later, they began shouting slogans against the Speaker.
Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu moved a resolution suspending eight YSRC members from the Assembly for three days, which was accepted by the Speaker.
“The YSRC members have been coming into the well of the House and tapping on the Speaker’s podium for the last few days. Their behaviour towards the chair is unwarranted,” Ramakrishnudu said . As the suspended YSRC members stayed put in the House, they were lifted and taken out by the marshals.