Parliament adjourned on Babhali dam issue

Updated on May 14, 2007 09:24 PM IST

Parliament had to be called off for the day as both Houses faced continued disruptions on the Babhali Dam dispute, reports Hemendra Singh Bartwal.

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None | ByHemendra Singh Bartwal, New Delhi

After repeated adjournments last week on the Gujarat encounters and Nandigram issues, Parliament had to be called off for the day again on Monday as both Houses faced continued disruptions on the Babhali Dam dispute raised by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Question Hour could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha as heated exchanges took place between angry TDP members and the Congress benches as the former protested that the project being pursued by Maharashtra Government would affect water flow to Andhra Pradesh.

As soon as the House assembled in the morning , the TDP MPs, led by their leader K Yerrannaidu, rose to their feet accusing Maharashtra Government of “illegally” constructing 11 projects including Babhali Dam on river Godavari.

This had led to a situation where Andhra farmers, particularly those in Telengana region, were facing acute water scarcity, they complained.

This drew loud protests from Congress members with Minister of State for Parliamentray Affairs Suryakanta Patil saying that the matter could not be discussed in the House as it was state subject and also sub judice.

As the TDP members trooped into the well of the House in the din, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had to adjourn it.The same scene was repeated twice before Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day in the post-lunch session.

In the Rajya Sabha, too, TDP members , supported by BJP and SP, held up proceedings in the question hour.Ravula Chandra Sekar Reddy of the party said he had given a notice to suspend the question hour as the projects being set up by Maharashtra would affect irrigation in 18 lakh hectares of land in Andhra Pradesh.

As Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat refused permission, the TDP members trooped into the well of the House leading to its adjournment.After two other adjournments, Rajya Sabha too was winded up for the day in the afternoon.

Outside Parliament, the TDP MPs participated in a demonstration at Jantar Mantar , led by party chief Chandrababu Naidu, to highlight their stand on the Babhali issue.

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