TDP forces AP House adjournment over liquor kickbacks issue

TDP stalls AP Assembly proceedings,demanding inquiry into liquor syndicate.

Written by Agencies | Hyderabad | Published:February 27, 2012 2:08 pm

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly could not transact any real business today as main opposition Telugu Desam Party stalled the proceedings. TDP demanded that ministers who received kickbacks from the liquor syndicates be sacked from the Cabinet immediately,forcing adjournment of the House for the day.

Unsatisfied with the government’s reply to a marathon debate on the liquor syndicates issue in the House on Friday,the TDP MLAs stormed the Speaker’s podium when the House assembled this morning and raised slogans demanding sacking of tainted ministers. They wanted the debate on the controversial issue to be continued even today.

Two adjournments,each for half an hour,did not bring order in the House as the TDP legislators remained firm on their demands forcing Speaker Nadendla Manohar to eventually adjourn the House for the day.

The TDP demanded a judicial inquiry into the liquor syndicates’ affairs besides tabling of the Anti-Corruption Bureau report in the Assembly. Right from the start of the day’s proceedings,the TDP members surrounded the Speaker’s podium,holding placards and raising slogans seeking dismissal of tainted ministers from the Cabinet.

The Speaker repeatedly said the TDP members could raise the issue in a different form as the House already debated it for nine hours on Friday. Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu too made a similar appeal and asked the TDP members not to stall the House. But the TDP legislators did not relent,leading to the first adjournment for half an hour.

Noisy scenes continued when the House re-assembly after about 70 minutes as the opposition legislators remained in the Well of the House,holding placards and raising slogans on their demands. They alleged that the Chief Minister was shielding the ministers who received kickbacks from the liquor syndicates.

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