TDP protests in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh


The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution strongly condemning the indifferent attitude of the Centre in fulfilling the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, including special category status to the state.

Raju, senior TDP leader who had quit as the civil aviation minister, was also seen standing in the Well with his party colleagues demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Unrelenting members from TDP stormed the Well carrying placards demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh while the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam demanded setting up of Cauvery water management board.

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from various parties, including the Congress, AIADMK, TDP and TRS trooped into the Well raising slogans and holding placards. After the bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh was left with no capital city. Earlier the House was adjourned till 2 pm as unabated protests continued on issues such as the Punjab National Bank fraud, with the Trinamool Congress and other parties insisting that a discussion on the bank scam be held under a rule that entails voting.

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"When there is no order, how can there be a point of order?" Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien repeatedly asked the agitating members to go back to their seats, but they did not relent. "I don't find any reason to come to the Well of House", the chairman said adding that he is allowing discussion on all subjects. Earlier while papers were being laid, Naidu said ministers can lay papers on behalf of other ministers but they should seek prior permission from the chair.

Meanwhile, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party today gave a notice in Rajya Sabha over short duration discussion on sealing drive in Delhi.

When the House met for in the morning, Chairman Naidu adjourned it till 2 p.m, after his appeal to the members to not display placards etc., or make noise fell on deaf ears.

Before adjourning the house, Naidu announced the nomination of JD (U) member Kahkashan Parveen on the panel of presiding officers to conduct the proceedings of the House, making her the first woman to be included in the panel in the recent times.