5 AP MLAs suspended for seven days for unruly behaviour

Hyderabad, Feb 18 (PTI) Five MLAs, including threefrom TRS and two from TDP, were today suspended from theAndhra Pradesh Assembly for seven days for their unrulybehaviour during Governor E S L Narasimhan''s address to thejoint sitting of both the houses.

Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu moved amotion seeking suspension of the MLAs which was approved byvoice vote.

Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar termed the behaviourof some members as "unruly, unjustified and uncalled for" andobserved that the incidents in the House yesterday were"shameful for democracy."

"We have not been able to follow the high standards ofpublic life that we are expected to. Members have to riseabove their petty issues and safeguard the dignity of theHouse," Manohar noted.

Asserting that it was the responsibility of everymember to uphold the values of the House, the Deputy Speakersaid severe action was warranted against the members whomisbehaved.

Sridhar Babu endorsed these views and said yesterday''sincidents in the House were "totally unwanted."

Accordingly, he moved the motion for suspension of THarish Rao, K Sammaiah and Vidyasagar of TRS, A Revanth Reddyand P Mahender Reddy of TDP from the House for a week.

The Assembly was then adjourned till Monday.

Bedlam prevailed in the state Legislature yesterday asTRS and TDP MLAs from Telangana region virtually manhandledNarasimhan as he was delivering the customary address to thejoint sitting of both houses on the opening day of the BudgetSession.

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