Telangana Rashtra Samithi members forced an adjournment of the Lok Sabha three times while pressing for a separate high court for Telangana, which currently shares the high court with Andhra Pradesh. The third adjournment was due to a disruption that also involved Congress members, who were raising the Moga incident.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to conduct proceedings twice during question hour as TRS members parked themselves in the well and chanted slogans. The nine members made it impossible for her to go ahead with starred questions. Holding placards seeking a high court, pink scarves around their necks, they cupped their mouths to sound louder. When this was not enough, they started clapping. They had their way.
In zero hour, party floor leader A P Jithender Reddy argued the State Re-organisation Bill had stipulated that “separate high courts will be formed for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana”. He said Law Minister Sadanand Gowda had assured them and the Andhra Pradesh Bar Association recently that the high court will be bifurcated with a week.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the government was in favour of setting up a new high court but the matter was pending before the court.
Gowda cited the same reason for the delay, but TRS member B Vinod Kumar argued the high court had disposed of the PIL. Gowda said he needed to study the matter and also had to consult the Andhra Pradesh chief justice. He assured members that he would call a meeting after 15 days, to which Reddy responded, “What is the need of a discussion now? You need to take a decision.”
The TS drew support from Mallikarjun Kharge as well as P Karunakaran, M B Rajesh, P K Biju, Sreemathi Teacher, A Sampath and MIM member Asaduddin Owaisi.