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Assembly functions for just 14 minutes on Day 2

The proceedings of Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly remained paralysed for the second consecutive day on Friday with the opposition parties stalling the House demanding acceptance of No Confidence Motion and introduction of Telangana Resolution.

While the Telugu Desam Party MLAs insisted that Speaker Nadendla Manohar allow the No Confidence Motion, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi members, clad in white T-shirts with Telangana slogans, pressed for statehood resolution. Following din and uproar by the opposition benches, the House could function for only 14 minutes before being adjourned for the day.

As soon as the House assembled at 9 am, TDP and TRS members rushed to the Speaker’s podium raising slogans. Following complete disorder, the House was adjourned for 10 minutes at 9.02 am. The TDP and TRS members remained seated on the floor of the assembly during the break.

The business was resumed at about 9.28 am. But the TDP and TRS members again started raising slogans demanding that the Speaker accept their demands. While the TDP MLAs were shouting slogan from the left side of the Speaker’s podium, the right side was encroached upon by the TRS members. After four minutes, the House was again adjourned for half-an-hour at 9.32 am.

Some members of the treasury benches too contributed in slogan shouting in the House. As many as 11 Congress MLAs including R Damodar Reddy, Jayasudha, Venkata Ramana and Ch Muthyam Reddy raised Jai Telangana slogans by standing near their seats.

Meanwhile, during the break TRS floor leader Etela Rajender submitted a notice of No Confidence Motion against the government to Assembly Secretary Raja Sadaram. Later, talking to reporters at the Media Point, Etela said that the TDP’s notice for No Confidence Motion was not in proper order and therefore, the TRS had submitted a fresh No Confidence Motion. He sought the support of all MLAs from the region, across party lines, to support the motion.

The proceedings of the House were resumed at 10.50 am. However, the din continued despite Speaker’s repeated requests for order in the House. Amidst the furore, three important bills – pertaining to Land Reforms (Ceiling on Agricultural Holdings), Municipal Laws and Andhra Pradesh Tax on Professions, Trades, Callings and Employments were introduced and passed.

Meanwhile, on being confirmed by the Speaker that he was in receipt of notices of No Confidence Motion, the TDP MLAs resumed their seats. However, the TRS members continued slogan shouting and did not leave the Speaker’s podium. The opposition members did not listen to the Speaker’s request to stay calm for the condolence motions over the death of former MLAs V Chalapathi Rao, Satish Pal Raj, T Chitti Naidu and A Guruva Reddy. As the uproar continued, the Speaker adjourned the House at 10.58 am for the day to meet against on Saturday at 9 am.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Opposition Leader N Chandrababu Naidu did not attend the session although both were present in their chambers in the assembly. (INN)

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