Govt seeks deal to climb out of Telangana well
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The government is learnt to be considering setting up a "government committee" or an all-party panel to address the concerns of the Andhra MPs who have been constantly in the Well, disrupting the House over Telangana. The government's motion to suspend the 10 MPs, including six from the Congress, was thwarted by the Opposition and led to unruly scenes in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
The government has sounded out TDP and some other parties, and is likely to provide details of the compromise formula at the all-party meeting convened by the Speaker on Friday. Sources, however, said all options were under consideration and no decision had been made yet.
The government has been forced to seek a way out after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath's motion to suspend the MPs was opposed by the BJP, Left, Trinamool, BJD and SP. The MPs who were in the Well when the motion was read out, went berserk — the TDP's N Sivaprasad taking out a whip from his pocket and proceeding to lash himself repeatedly until the whip was snatched from him.
As the motion was being put to vote, another TDP member, M V Reddy, tried to uproot the microphones on the Speaker's table. This, and more unruly scenes, disrupted the House twice before it was adjourned for the day.
On Thursday evening, TDP MPs remained non-committal about the government's effort to break the logjam. "We will have to see the draft, and our leader Chandrababu Naidu has to accept it," Sivaprasad said. The Congress MPs, on the other hand, were learnt to have decided not to settle for anything less than a reversal of the decision to create Telangana.