Amid uproar, AP Assembly adopts bills after walkout

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Hyderabad, Nov 19 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Assembly adopted four bills without any discussion after two adjournments tonight as the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) stalled the proceedings demanding the Congress Government first reply to the debate on MSP for paddy before the bills were taken up.

The trouble started as soon as the House assembled for the evening session when the TDP members rushed to the well of the House and demanded justice for paddy growers.

As repeated appeals to the TDP members to resume their seats fell on deaf ears, Speaker K R Suresh Reddy initially adjourned the House for ten minutes.

Even as pandemonium prevailed when the House reassembled, the Speaker asked Excise Minister K Ramakrishna to move the bill on behalf of Revenue Minister D Prasada Rao to amend the Land Acquisition Act and the same was adopted by voice vote.

As members of other opposition parties protested against the passage of the bill without any discussion in an 'undemocratic'' manner, the Speaker again adjourned the House for ten minutes.

When the House reassembled, the TDP members raised slogans against the Government for its alleged failure to convince the Centre to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy to Rs 1,000 per quintal.

Members of the CPI(M), CPI, TRS and the BJP staged a walkout in protest against the government's refusal to postpone the bills.

Taking strong objection to the members staging a walkout at a time when the government was ready for discussion, Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah lamented that it was unfortunate that the TDP had not allowed smooth conduct of the House even for a single day during the session.

Amid din, the House adopted the bill to provide semi-autonomus status to government medical/dental colleges and Institutes of Medical/Dental Sciences for effective functional autonomy moved by Medical Education Minister G Arunakumari.

The House also adopted the bill to amend the Andhra Pradesh Private Education Institutions Maintenance Grant (Regulation) Act moved by the School Education Minister C Damador Rajanarasimha, the bill to further amend the Andhra Pradesh Payment of Salaries and Pension and Removal of Disqualification Act moved by Information Minister A Ramanarayana Reddy on behalf of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments (amendment) bill moved by Endowments Minister J Rathnakar Rao.

After the bills were adopted, the Speaker adjourned the House to meet tomorrow morning, even as theTDP members continued their protest near the Speaker's podium.

UNI

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