Pro-Telangana slogans during Prez address to Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) The Presidential address inParliament today was disrupted by some Congress members fromAndhra Pradesh who raised pro-Telangana slogans towards thefag end of the speech.

President Pratibha Patil''s 45-minute address to the jointsitting of both Houses went on smoothly except towards the endwhen some Congress members from Andhra Pradesh rose from theirseats, displayed pro-Telangana banners and shouted "JaiTelangana" and "We want Telangana".

However, when Vice-President Hamid Ansari rose to speak,these members resumed their seats.

Later, when the President was leaving the Central Hall ofParliament after the ceremony got over, these members tried todraw her attention towards their cause by raising slogansagain.

They also showed her the banners they were carrying.

When Patil mentioned said in her address that she washopeful that the Women''s Reservation Bill - already passed bythe Rajya Sabha - would soon be taken up by the Lok Sabha,members thumped their desks.

Another round of applause came when she appreciated therecent fight for democracy in Egypt.

Some members looked disinterested when the speech wasbeing rendered. A few of them were seen chatting while Patilspoke, while two senior members dozed off during the speech.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was seen engagedin a conversation with a member sitting next to him.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, occupying a seat onthe last bench with Congress members Jitendra Singh and PratapSingh Bajwa, also kept talking to colleagues sitting nearby.

Before the address began, senior BJP leader L K Advani wasseen having a word with JD(S) chief and former Prime MinisterDeve Gowda.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sat next to Leader ofthe Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and there was nosign of any tension perhaps because of the understandingreached between the government and the Opposition on endingthe stalemate over the JPC issue in the 2G scam.

Some MPs, including actor-turned politician Raj Babbar,walked in when Patil was halfway through her speech.

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