Opposition parties today cornered the Andhra Pradesh government on the floor of the Assembly on allegations of grave irregularities in the state Public Service Commission.
The proceedings had to be adjourned twice as the opposition insisted on a debate on the issue through an adjournment motion.
Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy disallowed the motion and said the issue could be discussed in the House under different rules.
Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu referred to reports in the media against the irregularities in APPSC and demanded firm action by the government.
"Don't take the media reports lightly. We have secured more information under the Right to Information Act to prove the misdeeds of the Commission members," he said.
Reacting to this, Chief Minister Rosaiah said the government would not brush aside the media reports but added that the Chairman or any official could not be fired on the basis of those reports.
"You are coming up with many allegations but are not able to prove them. Hence you are stalling the House," he alleged, pointing to the TDP.
As the TDP members rushed into the Well, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings first for ten minutes and then for 15 minutes.
Later, talking to media, TDP deputy leader M Narasimhulu demanded that the APPSC chairman Venkata Ram Reddy be sacked immediately in the light of irregularities in public appointments.
"Candidates from the downtrodden sections are deprived of jobs because of the malpractices. The Commission has become a refuge for political unemployed people," he said and demanded that the government conduct a thorough probe into the functioning of the Commission.