MLAs evicted after ruckus

A day after a stormy Assembly session in Uttar Pradesh,the Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes with Opposition MLAs led by the TDP smashing....

Written by Express News Service | Hyderabad | Published: February 12, 2009 12:08:00 am

A day after a stormy Assembly session in Uttar Pradesh,the Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes with Opposition MLAs led by the TDP smashing windowpanes and entering into scuffles with marshals after they were suspended from the House for creating ruckus over the Satyam fraud. All this was screened live on news channels.

Speaker K R Suresh Reddy suspended 55 legislators of the TDP,TRS,CPI and the CPI-M for stalling proceedings over their demand for a debate on the alleged financial irregularities in 14 firms owned by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s son Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

As soon as the House met in the morning,the Opposition parties demanded a debate on the allegations against the firms. The Speaker turned down the Opposition’s request for the debate and began the listed business on the agenda. The Opposition members reacted by raising slogans against the Congress Government and the CM,and trooped to the Speaker’s podium. They threw flower pots around the House. The Speaker adjourned the House twice but that did not deter the Opposition members.

Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah moved the resolution for the suspension of the Opposition legislators,including Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu. The Speaker announced the suspension of the legislators who refused to leave the House. The marshals were called in to evict the suspended legislators. When marshals tried to bodily lift out the suspended members,a TDP legislator was allegedly injured.

As the situation worsened,the Speaker ordered to stop live telecast of the proceedings.

He also apologised to the people of the state over the ugly incidents witnessed in the House. “It is the most unfortunate day in the Assembly’s history,” Suresh Reddy said. “As the presiding officer of the House,I apologise to the people of the state for whatever happened today.” The Speaker also said he would order an inquiry into the incidents in the House following the suspension of Opposition MLAs.

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