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Andhra Assembly adjourns after opposition din

The opposition Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Jayanta Party on Saturday stalled the proceedings of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and forced its adjournment.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 11:24 IST

The opposition Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Jayanta Party on Saturdaystalled the proceedings of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and forced its adjournment before any business could be taken up in the House.

The TDP demanded the removal of two Ministers who have been given notices by the Election Commission (EC) on misuse of power in the coming Visakhapatnam-I Assembly by-election.

The BJP demanded a judicial inquiry into Friday's incidents of violence in the old city of Hyderabad.

Speaker K R Suresh Reddy repeatedly told the TDP that matters relating to elections were not under the purview of the legislature and redress should be sought only from the EC.

However, the TDP pressed for the dismissal of the ministers.

Minister for Legislative Affairs K Rosaiah, intervening, read out reports of alleged misuse of power by TDP ministers during earlier elections and asked the opposition to wait for the outcome of its complaint to the EC, before which it had already taken the matter.

Leader of the Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu said the two Ministers should be dropped immediately and they could be taken back if cleared by the EC.

"Despite repeated complaints to the EC, nothing was being done and democracy had become a scarecrow," he said, alleging that the Collector was misusing power and the CEO, who was the wife of an MLA, was supporting the ruling party.