5 BJP members suspended from House in TS

Hyderabad: All the five BJM members in the Telangana State Assembly were suspended for two days for disrupting the proceedings and creating a ruckus in the well of the House on Friday.

As soon as the House assembled on Friday morning, the BJP members including the party’s floor leader G. Kishan Reddy and State party president Laxman, who came to the House sporting black “kanduvas” as a protest against the state government’s move to introduce a Bill for providing reservations for the Muslims. The BJP members were against providing caste-based reservations for minorities.

Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary appealed to the protesting members to maintain order in the House and allow the question hour to be taken up first and later they could raise the issue. However, the BJP members continued to raise slogans against the government and prevented the proceedings to begin.

Legislature affairs minister T. Harish Rao pointed out that it was the practice in the House to take up the question hour first and later the members could raise any issue. He also charged that it looked as if the BJP members had come determined to the House to get suspended so that they could take part in the dharna outside for which they had given a call. As the bedlam in the House continued, he moved a motion for the suspension of the five members, which was adopted.

The Speaker then named the five members and suspended them for the rest of the week (that is two days) and advised them leave the House. Leader of the Opposition K. Jana Reddy took strong objection over the action of the chair in not allowing the members to express their dissent and views.

The government cannot throttle the voice of the opposition in this dictatorial manner, he observed and as a protest led all his Congress members to stage a walk out. (NSS)

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