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Unruly MLAs force Speaker to walk out

india Updated: Nov 15, 2007 03:36 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
Assembly Speaker KR Suresh Reddy

Legislators walking out in protest in Parliament or the Assemblies is a common sight. But in Hyderabad, it was the Speaker who stormed out of the House to protest unruly scenes.

Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy left the Assembly following the “unruly behaviour” of some of Opposition members. Reddy announced that he was adjourning the proceedings till all the parties came to his chamber and assured him full cooperation.

Trouble arose during question hour when Opposition parties dragged a debate on the Backward Classes Finance Corporation for almost one-and-a-half hours. The Speaker’s repeated attempts to tell the members that the question hour was not for debates and they could raise the issue later, were futile.

An exasperated speaker asked TDP deputy leader T. Devender Goud, who was then speaking, to ask questions on the subject instead of making a long-winded speech. When Goud did not heed the directions, the Speaker ordered that the microphone be switched off. This angered TDP members who rushed towards the podium demanding their member be allowed to finish his speech. On his part Goud made certain remarks against the Chair. Taken aback, the Speaker asked, “I have given you the opportunity to speak and mark your protest. What more you want the chair to do?”

Even as the protesting members continued their chant, the Speaker thundered, “Enough is enough. Please go back to your seats. What tamasha is this? You are only making a mockery of democracy.”

Later, floor leaders of all the parties went to the Speaker’s chambers and persuaded him to return to the assembly.