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AP assembly adjourns without business as TRS continues stir

Written by: Staff
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Hyderabad, Aug 25 (UNI) A day after Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao ended his fast on the statehood issue at New Delhi, TRS MLAs continued to disrupt proceedings in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, leading to its adjournment for the third day today without transacting any business.

Raising slogans in support of statehood for Telangana, agitated TRS members surrounded the Speaker's podium and pressed him to take up the adjournment motion given notice of by them.

As repeated appeals to members to resume their seats fell on deaf ears, Speaker K R Suresh Reddy adjourned the house for 30 minutes. He then adjourned it for the whole day as the members would not relent.

After the house was adjourned to meet on Monday, TRS legislators led by party floor leader Vijayarama Rao staged a dharna in front of Speaker K R Suresh Reddy's chambers demanding that he suspend regular business and facilitate adoption of a resolution by the Assembly urging the Centre to create a separate Telangana state.

Taking the members to his chambers, the Speaker promised them he would facilitate a detailed discussion on the issue on Monday and pleaded with them not to insist on an adjournment motion.

Terming 'unfortunate' the TRS members' attitude, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy told media outside the Assembly that the Government was observing restraint as the Telangana issue was a sensitive one.

The Government was ready for discussion on any issue when brought up following Assembly rules and procedures, Dr Reddy said, rejecting other opposition parties' demand for extension of the Monsoon session to discuss 'burning issues'.

TRS floor leader Mr Rao later said they would continue to disrupt proceedings until the ruling Congress facilitated adoption of a resolution for grant of statehood to Telangana. Stepping up pressure on the Congress, which was in power both at the Centre and the State, the party would organise meetings in the length and breadth of Telangana to give momentum to the movement, he added.

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