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Speaker adjourns House abruptly as TDP stalls proceedings

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Hyderabad, Mar 24: Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker K R Suresh Reddy abruptly adjourned the assembly today when the main opposition Telugu Desam Party stalled the proceedings demanding that the state Government must place the files relating to the alleged rs 400 crore fraud in the Sripadasagar Project today itself.

After the tea break, when the House was scheduled to take up a discussion on the welfare of Backward Classes under rule 304, TDP Legislature Party Deputy Leader T Devender Goud insisted that the Speaker fix a time for his party to examine the files in the chambers of Major Irrigation Minister P Lakshmaiah as promised by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

The House plunged into pandemonium as the TDP members rushed to the well of the House and kept raising slogans ''we want files'', even as the Speaker appealed to them to see the files after seeking an appointment.

As the TDP members refused to budge and insisted that he give a direction, the Speaker maintained that ''I am not a post master'' and adjourned the House for the day.

Earlier, irked by the TDP ''wasting'' the precious time of the House, ruling Congress Legislator V Vasanthkumar demanded that the Speaker immediately give a ruling on the privilege notice given by the party against Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu for misleading the House by ''deliberately giving a wrong information'' in connection with the project.

The Speaker asked the member to resume his seat, saying the notice was being examined by him.

Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said after refusing to see the files unless produced before the Speaker, the opposition party had now now only expressed keeness to see the files. ''It cannot dictate terms to the Government and it has to see the files at a convenient time since the minister concerned is not there now''.

The TDP leader claimed the Government was delaying the seeing of files and adjourn the house sine die in the meantime to avoid any further discussion on the serious issue.

Government Chief Whip N Kirankumar Reddy claimed that the TDP was stalling a discussion on BCs welfare only to avoid a discussion on the allotment of land to IMG Bharat by the previous TDP Government.

The Opposition Telangana Rashtra Samiti member N Narasimha Reddy and CPI Floor Leader Ch Venkata Reddy also found fault with the TDP for wasting the invaluble time of the house.

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