AP Assembly adjourned twice as TDP, TRS disrupt proceedings

Hyderabad, Feb 18 (PTI) Proceedings of the Andhra PradeshAssembly were disrupted by TDP, TRS and MLAs of rebel leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy''s group on different issues forcing itsadjournment twice this morning.

The TRS and TDP MLAs stormed the Speaker''s podium holdingplacards on Telangana and fee reimbursement issues as soon asthe House assembled for the day''s proceedings. This led to thefirst adjournment for 10 minutes.

Government Chief Whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka sought tomove a privilege motion over the incidents that happened inthe House during the Governor''s address yesterday.

Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar said he would examine thenotice and take a decision on allowing the privilege motion.

When the House re-assembled half an hour after theadjournment, the TDP and TRS members continued their proteststanding in the Well of the House.

The Deputy Speaker told the members that exhibits of anysort were not permitted in the House as per rules.

At that point, 12 Congress MLAs and two PRP MLAs -- owingallegiance to Jagan -- rose to their feet carrying posterswith the picture of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

They demanded that the government keep its promise andimmediately release funds for reimbursement of tuition fee forstudents pursuing professional courses.

As the din continued with the protesting membersunrelenting, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the proceedings forhalf an hour for the second time.

Bedlam prevailed in the state Legislature yesterday asTRS and TDP MLAs from Telangana region virtually manhandledGovernor E S L Narasimhan as he was delivering the customaryaddress to the joint sitting of both houses on the opening dayof the Budget Session.

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