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34 MLAs suspended from AP assembly

The members have been dismissed for a day after they violently protested remarks made by the Andhra CM, reports Ashok Das.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2007 17:31 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times

For the second consecutive day, the remarks by Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy against the leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu dominated the Andhra Pradesh Assembly with the Telugu Desam Party(TDP) members stalling the proceedings of the house demanding an apology from Chief Minister. The TDP members were subsequently suspended from the house for the entire day.

Trouble started as soon as the House commenced its sitting at 8.30 am. Even as Speaker K R Suresh Reddy announced that he was disallowing the adjournment notices given by various parties, TDP members were on their feet protesting against Dr Reddy’s outburst against Naidu. They raised slogans demanding an unconditional apology from the Chief Minister for using abusive language against Naidu and ‘insulting’ motherhood.

When the agitated members squatted near the podium and did not respond to his repeated plea to restore order in the House, the Speaker adjourned the House for 10 minutes. Uproarious scenes continued after the House re-assembled as TDP members continued slogan-shouting and rushed into the well of the House and sat near the podium.

After repeated appeals to them to go back to their seats went unheeded, the Speaker ordered their suspension.Agriculture Minister N Raghuvera Reddy, deputizing for the Legislative Affairs Minister, moved the motion for suspending 34 TDP MLAs. Marshals were called in to evict the suspended members from the House.

TDP members later staged a dharna in the Assembly lobbies for some time.

Chandrababu Naidu, who felt hurt by the CM’s ‘humiliating’ remarks against him, stayed away from the House today.

After the TDP members were evicted from the House, the Chief Minister, clarifying the remarks made by him in the Assembly on Monday, insisted that he did not make any derogatory reference to Naidu’s mother. “I wanted to say that he would have to hang his head in shame after I reply to his accusations. Hence, I said he would regret having been born at all after I thoroughly exposed him. I said he would rather prefer
not being born at all.”

Dr Reddy wondered what was derogatory about this remark. “I have the highest regard for motherhood and am the last one to insult anyone, be it his mother or anybody’s,” he said.

He pointed out that he reacted in a strong way yesterday as he felt hurt by the behaviour of TDP members on the floor of the House as they were gesticulating at the Speaker in an objectionable manner and wanted to interrupt while he (CM) was giving the clarification on the issue raised by TDP.

The Speaker said that “the entire debate (records) will be placed before me. I will examine the records and take appropriate action. Anything found unparliamentary or derogatory will definitely be expunged.”

As soon as the House assembled for the day, the slogan-shouting TDP members stormed the podium and squatted there. Speaker KR Suresh Reddy said the matter would be taken up for discussion after the Question Hour and repeatedly appealed to the agitated members to resume their seats.

Amidst the din, the Speaker initially adjourned the House for 10 minutes. However, the furore showed no signs of subsiding when the House re-assembled with the Opposition members refusing to budge from their position.

Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy then moved a resolution, under rule 340, seeking suspension of 34 TDP members for the day including its deputy floor leaders T Devender Goud and N Janardhan Reddy. Naidu was not present in the House.

Soon after the TDP members left the House, the Chief Minister got up and made it clear that there was nothing wrong in the remarks made on Monday.

"I did not denigrate Naidu's mother nor did I make any derogatory reference to mothers in general. I have great respect and regard for mothers. The TDP leaders are deliberately twisting my remarks," Reddy said.

First Published: Jul 24, 2007 12:16 IST