Minister corners TDP MLA during power discussion

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Hyderabad, Sep 5 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister K Rosaiah today cornered Telugu Desam Legislature Party Deputy Leader N Janardhan Reddy by waving orders passed in September 2003 to prove that power was supplied to the farm sector only for seven years during the TDP Regime.

Mr Rosaiah, who offered to resign as Minister and MLA if the TDP leader could prove power was supplied to the farm sector for nine years, produced the orders during Question Hour and challenged the TDP leader to resign from Assembly membership.

Meanwhile, the TDP Legislator pressed for the resignation of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for the ''acute shortage'' of fertilisers and power in the State.

He contended that power was supplied for nine hours during TDP Regime in contrast to acute power shortage during the Congress regime and wanted the Minister to come with him to the villages for verifying the facts.

Later, Mr Rosaiah had heated exchanges with BJP Floor Leader G Kishan Reddy who charged the government with allegedly deviating from the Assembly procedures even after the Question Hour was put to close by Deputy Speaker G Kutuhalamma, who was in the Chair.

Mr Rosaiah remarked though the BJP's strength in the Assembly was only in single digit, it was getting more time in the Assembly.

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