Oppn forces adjournment of AP assembly

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Hyderabad, Feb 29: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was abruptly adjourned for the day by Speaker K R Suresh Reddy as major opposition parties stalled the proceedings to the press their demands.

When the House reassembled today after tea break following Question Hour, members of the opposition parties, including the TDP, CPI, CPI(M) and AIMIM, were on their feet, demanding opportunity for seeking clarification from Finance Minister K Rosaiah on his reply to the general discussion on budget.

The Speaker made it clear that the discussion was over yesterday and there was no scope for seeking clarifications now and offered them opportunity to register their protest on the question relating to minorities if they wanted.

The Speaker made repeated appeals to the members to resume their seats and participate in the debate on the demands for grants for various departments, including minority welfare.

With no signs of restoration of order in the Assembly, the Speaker adjourned the House to meet again tomorrow.

Earlier, members of the TDP, CPI, CPI(M) and the BJP staged a walkout in the Assembly in protest against the Congress government's failure to get adequate funds for roads from the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. Dissatisfied with Roads and Buildings Minister T Jeevan Reddy's reply that the state got Rs 480 crore from the Centre, as against the state's eligibility of Rs 390 crore, TDP Legislature Party Deputy Leader T Devender Goud alleged that neighbouring Tamil Nadu was able to get more funds for National highway projects from Union Road Transport Minister T R Baalu unlike Andhra Pradesh, before leading his party members out of the House.

The Minister announced that the Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway would be four-laned this year.

BJP Floor leader G Kishan Reddy claimed that the Centre was giving a ''step-motherly'' treatment to roads in Andhra Pradesh before walking out of the House in protest.

CPI Floor leader Ch Venkata Reddy and CPI(M) Floor leader N Narasimaiah led their party members out of the House after alleging that national highway projects in the state were developed after collecting toll, unlike the roads in Tamil Nadu, to which liberal grants were provided by the Centre.

Lone Janata Party member K Ramulu staged a walkout in protest against the politicisation of the issue by other opposition parties.

After the protest, the Minister said it was the previous TDP Government, which had introduced the toll system for development of roads.


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