The Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed unruly scenes as MLAs from Seemandhra and Telangana regions almost came to blows minutes after the Telangana Bill was tabled. The House was adjourned amid sloganeering for and against bifurcation of the state.
The battle continued outside the House,when MLAs of Telugu Desam Party (TDP),YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and Congress from Seemandhra waved copies of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 and tore them up in front of mediapersons,saying there was nothing in the draft bill that addresses concerns of Seemandhra people.
Soon,other Seemandhra MLAs started burning copies of the bill at the Media Point on the premises of the Assembly. MLAs from Telangana protested stating it was an insult to Telangana and its people. Seemandhra MLAs came to blows with Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLA G Kamalakar who objected to burning of copies of the bill.
Earlier,as soon as Speaker N Manohar stated that the draft bill was being presented for discussion,Seemandhra MLAs,cutting across political lines,surrounded the Speakers podium and raised slogans. TRS MLAs,and MLAs of other parties from Telangana started raising slogans against Seemandhra MLAs. The Speaker adjourned the House for half an hour. As soon as they came out,TDP MLA Devineni Umamaheshwara Rao took out his copy of the 65-page Bill and started tearing it up.
MLA Kamalakar tried to prevent the MLAs from tearing the bill and came to blows. Intervention of police personnel prevented the situation from escalating. …This draft bill has nothing that addresses concerns of Seemandhra people. There is no question of allowing a debate on this, Rao said and started tearing the bill. An emotional TRS MLA Kamalakar told them please do not tear the bill. You want to oppose it during the discussion,you have every right to do that. But dont tear the bill. It amounts to insulting Telangana and its people. Kamalakar was about to attack Seemandhra MLAs. He controlled after police intervened.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was not present in the House and skipped the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting. Senior Congress leader from Telangana and Panchayati Raj Minister K Jana Reddy condemned the burning of copies and said it is indecent and unfortunate.
Protests by students against the burning of Telangana bill also erupted at Osmania University. They burnt effigies and battled with police.
The House reconvened at 2 pm but Deputy Speaker Bhatti Vikramarka found himself surrounded by Seemandhra MLAs. When some MLAs tore up a copy of the bill and threw it at the Speakers podium,Vikramarka adjourned the House for the day.
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