In a surprise development, the proceedings of lower house were adjourned twice for a brief while on Tuesday owing to the protest by members of Telugu Desam Party. The members of TDP, an ally of the ruling NDA combine, are demanding special facilities for Andhra Pradesh.
Another Andhra Pradesh-based party, YSR Congress joined the protests in the Well of the House and resorted to slogans despite repeated requests by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who urged them to go back to their seats.
With agitated members continuing their protests during Question Hour, the proceedings were adjourned for ten minutes till 1120 hours. “Please go to your seats. This is not the way,” Mahajan said before adjourning the House.
The house was once again adjourned for a brief while as the disruptions continued with TDP MPs taking to the Well of the house holding placards and resorting to slogans.
There were reports that TDP is “disappointed” that this year’s budget did not address the state’s needs. It was also reported that BJP chief Amit Shah had called up Chandrababu Naidu to discuss the issue.
On Tuesday, soon after proceedings began at 1120 hours, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar was seen talking to some of the protesting members. There were around 10 members from TDP and YSR Congress in the Well.
Many protesting members in the Well were also seen holding placards, which at one point had even upset the Speaker. Meanwhile, terming their demands as “very sensitive”, the government gave an assurance that they would be looked into.
The TDP has, however, vowed to continue to press the Centre for various allocations to Andhra Pradesh.
(With inputs from PTI)