Telangana protests rock Andhra House, Osmania

It was a day of utter chaos inside and outside the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. While the MLAs of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) disrupted proceedings, forcing Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar to adjourn the House several times, hundreds of students of the Osmania University and pro-Telangana activists fought pitched battles with the police outside the Assembly building and Osmania University campus.

The students had started a 'Chalo Assembly' march to demand a Bill in Parliament for a separate Telangana state. As the police foiled their plans, the students turned their ire on two railway stations of suburban trains, smashing counters and setting computers on fire.

In the Assembly, MLAs demanding Telangana statehood, protesting over students' fee reimbursement issue and suspension of three TRS and two TDP members for unruly behaviour did not allow the House to proceed even for 10 minutes. For the third day, TRS members stormed the Speaker's podium demanding a resolution on creation of a separate state. The TDP members joined the protest, demanding that the suspension of five MLAs be revoked immediately. Embarrassing the Congress government, 11 party MLAs, loyal to Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, also protested demanding that the government immediately release funds for reimbursement of tuition fee for students pursuing professional courses. Three Congress MLAs from Telangana stood up and raised slogans in support of a separate state.

As the House could not continue, Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar adjourned the House three times.

Raising the issue as soon as the House began on Monday morning, Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu urged Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar, who was in the Chair, to reconsider the suspension of MLAs. "You should have at least heard the version of the MLAs before suspending them, you did not show any restraint," Chandrababu told Manohar, and demanded that the members' suspension be revoked immediately. Labour Minister Danam Nagender intervened and said the issue could be reconsidered if the suspended MLAs tendered an unconditional apology to the House and to the people of state over their behaviour. This sparked another round of protests with both TRS and TDP alleging that the minister was using unparliamentary language. The House was adjourned for the day without transacting any business.

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