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AP assembly adjounred over quota issue

The furore over the OBC quota issue stalls AP assemmbly proceedings, forcing a brief adjournment of the House.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2007 14:52 IST

The furore over the OBC quota issue found its echo in Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday with the opposition members stalling the proceedings, forcing a brief adjournment of the House.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, the main opposition TDP and other parties moved adjournment motions on the issue and demanded immediate discussion in the wake of the Supreme Court's stay on implementation of 27 per cent reservations for OBCs in central educational institutions.

Speaker KR Suresh Reddy disallowed the adjournment motions while the Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah, quoting rules, said that the House could not discuss matters pending in a court.

However, the entire opposition insisted on discussing the issue as the Supreme Court's interim judgment had a bearing on the interests of weaker sections.

Intervening amid noisy scenes, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy said that while there was total unanimity on the issue of providing reservations to backward classes it was necessary to examine legal implications before moving a resolution in the House on an issue that was sub-judice.

The TDP floor leader N Chandrababu Naidu strongly favoured passing a resolution seeking appropriate steps by the central government to ensure reservation for OBCs.

There was a need to send across a strong message from the Assembly so that the apex court could take note of the sentiments of the peoples' representatives, Naidu argued.

With the opposition members insisting on taking up adjournment on the issue, the speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes.