Hyderabad: The State Assembly was adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Thursday as unrelenting Telugu Desam party members stalled the proceedings over the problems of farmers.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, earlier adjourned the House twice for brief periods as the TDP members stormed on to the podium and chanted slogans demanding remunerative prices for the farmers, purchase of discolored rice and so on.
Three adjournment motions tabled by the Praja Rajyam Party on thermal projects, the Bharatiya Janata Party regarding the hurdles being created in connection with the Million March and the CPI-M on pending applications made during the recent “Rachabanda” programme were disallowed.
Even as the Deputy Speaker was announcing about disallowing the adjournment motions, the TDP members, displaying placards, rushed to the podium and created a ruckus. When repeated appeals by the Chair to restore order failed, the House was adjourned for the first time at 9.05 am. After some 50 minutes, the House reassembled but there was no let-up in the situation and it was adjourned for the second time within a few minutes at 10.02 am.
After a break of an hour, the House reassembled but noisy scenes persisted with the TDP members resuming their slogan shouting near the podium. The Minister for Finance, Mr Anam Ramanarayan Reddy, amidst the slogan shouting reminded that the issue of the farmers was discussed in the House at length the previous day and all the clarifications sought by the Opposition members were amply answered. The government was prepared to again deliberate over the issue if order was restored and the members cooperated in raising the issue during budget discussions pertaining to the Agriculture department.
However, the TDP members stepped up their slogan chanting and even shouted that the State government which was pursuing anti-farmer policy should not stay in power. Realizing that the situation was not conducive to take up any business, the House was adjourned for the day at 11.10 am to meet again on Friday. (NSS)