Hyderabad: After the Telangana members, who brought the Assembly to a virtual standstill since the commencement of the Budget Session on February 17 in pursuance of their demand for a separate State, now it was the turn of the members from the Rayalaseema and Andhra regions on Thursday to stall the proceedings to echo their feelings for a Samaikyandhra leading to the adjournment of the House for the day without transacting any business.
The House wore a deserted look today with the Congress and TDP members from the Telangana region boycotting the session along with the TRS members. The ruling Congress members from the Rayalaseema and Andhra regions along with their counterparts from the Telugu Desam, who remained silent spectators all these days, seem to have taken upon themselves the onus for projecting the need for maintaining a united State.
The CPI and BJP members present in the House tried to counter the demand for Samaikyandhra by voicing their support for a separate Telangana State while the MIM members and the lone Lok Satta Party member silently watched the drama unfolding in the House.
Interestingly, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, both hailing from Rayalaseema, were conspicuously absent when pandemonium broke out in the House which reverberated with Jai Samaikyandhra and Jai Telangana slogans.
Soon after the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, disallowed three adjournment motions, including two by the TDP and BJP over the reported remarks of the Union Home Minister on the Telangana issue, the TDP members displaying placards raised slogans in support of a united State. The CPI members and the BJP floor leader countered them by shouting Jai Telangana slogans.
The placards carried by the TDP members wanted an immediate decision on the Srikrishna Committee report to maintain Samaikyandhra. The CPI members carried placards wanting introduction of a Bill in Parliament for carving out a separate Telangana State.
Holding placards, the TDP and CPI members stormed the podium and indulged in slogan shouting in pursuance of their respective demands. The Deputy Speaker made repeated appeals to the agitating members to allow the House to run smoothly, but the members were in no mood to heed. Even the Minister for Legislature Affairs, Mr D. Sridhar Babu, tried to make the members see reason for the proceedings to begin since the same issue was being highlighted in Parliament.
As the ruckus in the House persisted, the Deputy Speaker expressed his helplessness and adjourned the House for the first time at 9.15 am for half-an-hour. Even when the House reassembled after an 80-minute break at 10.35 am, there was no change in the situation. The TDP members from the Rayalaseema and Andhra regions protesting and shouting slogans near the podium received a shot in the arm with the ruling Congress members from the two regions too standing up for Samaikyandhra cause.
The former ministers, Mr J. C. Diwakar Reddy and Mr Gade Venkata Reddy, both protagonists of a united State, tried in vain to express their support with the House abruptly adjourned for the second time within five minutes at 10.40 am.
The Deputy Speaker, before adjourning the House for half-an-hour, invited all the floor leaders of the parties to his chambers for consultations and help in the smooth conduct of the proceedings. However, with no respite in sight for the proceedings to begin, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House for the day to meet again on Friday. (NSS)