Hyderabad: The Legislative Assembly on Saturday witnessed uproarious scenes with the TDP members and Congress MLAs of Jagan Group resorting to slogans and counter-slogans for and against debate on land allotments to the SEZs and Industries. With the disturbances continuing unabated, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, adjourned the House to meet at 9 am on Monday without transacting any business.
An exasperated Deputy Speaker , Mr N Manohar, who was in the chair, adjourned the House when the agitating members did not pay heed to his repeated pleas to cooperate for smooth conduct of the House.
Soon after the House assembled on Saturday, the Deputy Speaker wanted to take up Question Hour. But the TDP members rushed to the podium and shouted slogans demanding constitution of Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) to probe the alleged irregularities in the alienation of lands to SEZs. The MIM members also stood up and demanded that the debate should also cover allotment of Wakf lands to the SEZs in the State.
Opposing the demand, some 19 Congress MLAs, who are supporters of Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, exhibited placards and raised slogans against the TDP Chief, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu. Their placards stated “Who diluted the Chittoor dairy for the benefit of Heritage Dairy?”, “Who allotted 800 acres to Billi Rao?” and “Then two acres property—Now Two-Eyes Theory”. The pro-Jagan MLAs – Ms Konda Surekha, Ms Shoba Nagi Reddy(PRP), Ms Kamalamma, Mr Pilli Subash Chandra Bose, Mr Srikanth Reddy, Mr Balineni Srinivas Reddy, Mr Babu Rao, Ms Neelima Reddy and others stood near the well of the House and raised slogans in counter to the TDP members.
When his request to resume their seats went in vain, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House at 9.09 am for half-an-hour. After the House met at 10.45 am, the MIM members rushed to the podium and insisted that their demand be accepted by the government. The TDP and the Jagan Group Congress MLAs also continued their protest by standing at their seats and exhibiting placards.
The MIM members did not leave the podium even after the Deputy Speaker’s assurance that the allotment of Wakf lands to SEZs would also be taken up as part of the debate in the House. Left with no other option, the Deputy Speaker for second time adjourned the House for half-an-hour at 11 am.
Even after the House reassembled at 12.30 pm, the noisy scenes continued in the House forcing the Deputy Speaker to adjourn the House to meet at 9 am on Monday. (NSS)