The issue of Centre’s denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh rocked proceedings of the State Legislative Assembly Thursday morning. YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MLAs led the charge, forcing adjournments twice, before Speaker K Sivaprasad Rao adjourned the House till Friday. The Legislative Council too witnessed protests.
The YSRCP demanded the resignation of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over his “failure to get special category status” for the state, with party chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy calling it a betrayal.
YSRCP MLAs, who walked in 20 minutes late wearing black clothes, started disrupting the proceedings, demanding a discussion on the issue, which was declined by the Speaker.
YSRCP members trooped to the well of the House with placards and later surrounded Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad’s podium and raised slogans. They also tore agenda papers and threw them at the Speaker.
Amid the ruckus, CM Naidu moved the GST Bill for ratification. Although, Legislative Affairs Minister Y Ramakrishnudu said the government would make a statement on the issue later, YSRCP MLAs did not relent. In the din, however, the House unanimously passed a resolution ratifying the GST Bill.
The House was adjourned for the second time after that. As the House reassembled, YSRCP members continued raising slogans, forcing the Speaker to adjourn for the day.
The YSRCP has now called for a state-wide bandh Saturday to protest the Centre’s denial.