All TDP MLAs suspended from T-Assembly for entire session

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: All the ten Telugu Desam Party MLAs were suspended from the entire budget session by Telangana Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudhanachary on Monday for creating unruly scenes during the Governor’s address to the joint session of the State Legislature last week.

TDP members, with the support of some Congressmen, had staged a noisy protest in the well, tearing copies of the Governor’s speech and flinging the pieces in his direction to denounce the TRS for admitting defectors and rewarding one of them with a Ministerial post.

Two members were also alleged to have stood up on their seats and indulged in slogan-shouting while the national anthem was being played before commencement of the Governor’s address. Ruling TRS members had also joined the fray leading to fisticuffs with the Opposition members in the well.

 As fireworks were anticipated in the Assembly on Monday, the Speaker convened a meeting of floor leaders to view video footage of Saturday’s proceedings. Soon as the House commenced its sitting on Monday, TDP MLAs were up on their feet on their feet demanding Government protection of the rights of SCs and STs guaranteed under the Constitution. They rushed towards the podium shouting slogans demanding justice for the weaker sections.

TRS turns the tables on TDP

However, the Treasury Benches turned the tables on them. Minister for Legislative Affairs T. Harish Rao said members who had shown disrespect to the national anthem on Saturday should tender an apology before transacting any business. He warned of stern action, including suspension, if the members refused to apologise. A Congress member Sampath Kumar expressed regret over his action in staging a protest while the national anthem was playing but the TDP members refused to oblige.

 Mr. Harish Rao then moved a resolution seeking the suspension of the TDP members. The Speaker out the resolution to vote and suspended the TDP MLAs – Erabelli Dayakar Rao, G. Vivekanand Goud, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, Sayanna, Rajendra Reddy, Maganti Gopinath, Manchireddy Kishan Reddy, Prakash Goud, Gandhi and Revanth Reddy. As they refused to leave, they were forced out by the Marshals.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao made no secret of his intentions that the Government would act very tough with those who tried to thwart the development of Telangana. He felt that the Telugu Desam members had escaped with light punishment in being suspended for the budget session.  

Telugu Desam mambers later staged a dharna at the entrance of the lobbies and raised slogans against the Government and criticized it for not including SC, STs and women in the Cabinet. They said they had apologized for raising slogans while the national anthem was being played and yet the Treasury Benches had chosen to suspend them. Mr. Dayakar Rao said they would stage demonstrations outside the House every day.

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