Hyderabad: The log-jam over the alleged large-scale scandal in land allotments to industrialists and business houses in the name of SEZs continued in both the Houses of the State Legislature, with the Opposition sticking to their guns for the constitution of a Joint Legislature Committee ( JLC ) for a probe into the deals.
While the State Assembly was repeatedly adjourned with the TDP members storming into the podium and raising slogans demanding a JLC and led to its adjournment for the day, the Legislative Council was forced to be adjourned till March 24 on the same issue.
The proceedings of the State Assembly, which has come to a standstill since the past four days after the TDP tabled an adjournment motion on the alleged irregularities in the land allotment, remained deadlocked on Monday also as the TDP members persisted in their demand for a JLC. Soon after the Deputy Speaker Mr. Nadendla Manohar disallowed three adjournment motions – one each by the CPM and CPI on step-motherly treatment being meted out to the harijans and girijans in welfare schemes and another by the BJP on the hardships faced by the over-worked police constables and home guards – the TDP members holding placards stormed into to the podium and raised slogans demanding JLC. The CPM and CPI members too insisted that there was need for a discussion on social justice and welfare measures for harijans and girijans.
The Deputy Speaker appealed to the protesting members to restore order in the House and allow the proceedings to take place. He reminded that the government was prepared to make a statement on the issue of land allotment and the members could later participate in a healthy discussion on the subject. But the TDP members remained unrelenting and continued to create a ruckus by raising slogans,
The Deputy Leader of TDP Mr. Ashok Gajapathi Raju pointed out that it was the collective responsibility of the House to expose the shady dealings in the land allotment as no other state has witnessed such “open looting” of public money. He insisted on the need for appointing a JLC to bring to light the irregularities as was conceded by the UPA government to probe the 2G scam by appointing a JPC.
GOVT OFFERS TO MAKE STATEMENT
The Minister for Legislature Affairs, Mr. D. Sridhar Babu and the Government Chief Whip Mr. Batti Vikramarka charged the TDP with stalling the proceedings without any rhyme or reason, despite the government agreeing to make a statement on the issue. The Minister for Major Industries Dr. Geetha Reddy reminded the TDP members that they could express their views and suggestions after the statement on the subject was made and asserted that there was no question of government yielding to any pressure for a JLC.
When the noisy scenes continued despite the appeals, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House for half hour at 9.30 am. When the House reassembled after a break of over one and half hours, the pandemonium continued with the TDP members resuming their slogans. As there was no let up in the noisy situation, the House was again adjourned within two minutes for a second time with the Deputy Speaker inviting the Floor Leaders of all the parties to his chambers for consultations.
The meeting of the Floor Leaders with the Deputy Speaker seemed to have met with a naught as the protests continued even after the House reassembled forcing its adjournment for the day without transacting any business. (NSS).