BJD MP puts up blank TV photo on Twitter ac to protest Parl blackout

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New Delhi, Feb 18: BJD MP Jay Panda on Tuesday protested the stopping of live telecasting of proceedings in the Lok Sabha while the Telangana Bill was being discussed by putting up a picture of a blank television set on his Twitter account.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>👍 even the noblest of ends must happen thru ethical means. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Telengana&src=hash">#Telengana</a> “<a href="https://twitter.com/lay_man">@lay_man</a>: Profile pic symbolizing "Blackout", copied from <a href="https://twitter.com/Panda_Jay">@Panda_Jay</a>”</p>— Baijayant Jay Panda (@Panda_Jay) <a href="https://twitter.com/Panda_Jay/statuses/435793486051151872">February 18, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Sad that the aspirations of the ppl of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Telengana&src=hash">#Telengana</a> require the suppression of parliamentary norms. Will have repercussions on our democracy 🙈</p>— Baijayant Jay Panda (@Panda_Jay) <a href="https://twitter.com/Panda_Jay/statuses/435732259702726657">February 18, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The blocking of the television in the Lok Sabha while the controversial Telanagan Bill was being passed in the Lower House of the Parliament led to a massive uproar in India's political circles. Principal opposition party BJP said it was not informed about the blackout and termed it a tactical move and not a technical glitch as Speaker Meira Kumar and Lok Sabha TV CEO had said.

Telecasting was blocked from Parliament as the T-Bill was passed in Lok Sabha

MPs of parties like the JD(U) and Trinamool Congress staged a walkout to protest the way the southern state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Telangana and Semandhra.

Representatives of the ruling coalition, however, termed the incident a historic one and said they were committed to make the long-pending dream of Telangana a truth.

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