Despite the decision taken by the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly to take up debate on the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013, for creation of Telangana state from Wednesday, the House was paralysed for the third consecutive day with legislators from Seemandhra disallowing any discussion on the bill.
From the minute the House assembled on Wednesday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress (YSRC) legislators from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, holding placards, stormed the Speaker’s podium, and raised slogans against the division of the state. The bill, sent by President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, was to be taken up for discussion for the next three days before the House adjourns for Christmas and New Year vacation.
With the opposition members from Seemandhra region determined to stall the debate, Speaker Nadendla Manohar had no option but to adjourn the House on two occasions. His repeated appeals to the members to resume their seats and facilitate discussion on the historic bill failed to have any impact on the agitated members. The Speaker adjourned the House for the day when his third attempt to restore order in the House failed.
Earlier, even as the legislators disrupted proceedings, Manohar announced that he was rejecting the adjournment motions moved by the opposition parties. The TDP had moved an adjournment motion seeking a debate on the manner in which the central and state governments were going ahead with the division of the state, while YSRC, in its adjournment motion, demanded that the House first pass a resolution urging the centre to keep the state united.
TDP leader from Seemandhra D Umamaheshwar Rao, who has been one of the most vocal and aggressive in opposing the bill in the past three days, said they would not allow the bill to be taken up for debate in the House. “The Congress is going ahead with the division of the state for votes and seats,” he alleged, and said the House could not take up the debate in the absence of comprehensive information on various issues relating to the division of the state.
Meanwhile, senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi legislator T Harish Rao, condemning the behavior of Seemandhra opposition members, urged Speaker Manohar to suspend the legislators who were creating hurdles in the House.
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