Hyderabad, Nov 20: Members of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) were suspended for the day today from the state Legislative Council for obstructing the proceedings for more than 20 minutes, demanding that the government allow discussion on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy at Rs 1000 per quintal.
The TDP and TRS members started shouting slogans in the House immediately after the House started its proceedings. When the Council Chairman A Chakrapani did not allow the opposition parties' request to initiate debate on the MSP, they rushed to the Chairman's podium and staged a sit-in.
Obstructing the question hour, the opposition MLCs started shouting slogans against the government and demanded Rs 1000 as MSP for Paddy.
The Chairman asked the Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah to move a motion for suspension of the MLCs from the house to run the House smoothly.
After the Minister moved the motion, 12 TDP and two TRS members were suspended from the House.
In protest against the suspension of two of its MLCs, TRS floor leader Dilip Kumar staged a walkout from the house.
Later, the Communist Party of India(Marxists) staged a walkout in protest against the Reliance company entering into saloon and retail business, threatening the livelihoods of petty businessmen in the state.