Member of Parliament has been reported to be using pepper spray as soon as the bill was tabled in the session. Vijayawada MP L Rajagopal used pepper spray on MPS and journalists, forcing Lok Sabha to adjourn when the Telangana bill was tabled.
After much debate and confusion, Telangana bill has been finally tabled in the Lok Sabha.
Immediately after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde tabled the Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha, the last session of parliament taking place on Thursday, was adjourned till 2 pm.
Several lawmakers began coughing after Rajagopal's unexpected move. Four MPs have been shifted to medical care after the attack.
Telangana bill has been finally tabled in the Lok Sabha
The decision to table the bill was earlier taken at a meeting between parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath and home minister Shinde. Parliament secretariat took unprecedented precautions as there were intelligence reports of disruptions in the Lower House ahead of the introduction of the bill.
Meanwhile in Seemandhra
A few Seemandhra MPs also tried to snatch away the Telangana bill. Many protestors have been detained by the Delhi police.
Buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) went off the roads in all 13 districts of Seemandhra.
Shops, business establishments, petrol bunks and educational institutions remained closed in response to the shutdown call given by Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association, which represents the government employees in Seemandhra.
YSR Congress party and Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders in Seemandhra have announced support to the shutdown.