AP Speaker to allow discussion on house proceedings

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Hyderabad, Feb 18 (UNI) Perhaps for the first time in the history of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Speaker K R Suresh Reddy today decided to allocate an entire day for a discussion on the conduct of the house proceedings.

Noting that the members cutting across partylines were complaining that they had not been given adequate time, the Speaker told them that he would allocate an entire day to discuss the way proceedings were conducted and urged them to come out with suggestions to run the house to the satisfaction of all members.

The trouble started when the Telugu Desam Party(TDP) members insisted on a detailed discussion on 'mining scam' even after the Speaker closed the question hour.

Pointing out that the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address was spilling over to the fourth day today, the Speaker reminded the members that there would be a ''constitutional crisis'' if the general discussion on the budget was not taken in time.

Sharing the Speaker's concern, Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah lamented that the agenda decided at the Business Advisory Council meeting was not at all followed on many occasions and said AIMIM Floor Leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, too, shared their concern on earlier occasions.

CPI(M) Floor leader N Narasimaiah felt that it all started when the Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy intervened after the suspension of Telangana Rashtra Samiti(TRS) members, to give his view in detail on the Telangana issue on Thursday.

Later, CPI Floor Leader Ch Venkata Reddy also expressed unhappiness over curtailing his speech. Coming to the rescue of Mr Venkata, Mr Owaisi alleged that only the time allocated for smaller parties was cut short while the Congress and the TDP got maximum time.

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