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TDP members suspended by Andhra Speaker

The furore over controversial Sripadasagar irrigation project continued to rock the Assembly with TDP legislators stalling the proceedings.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 17:41 IST

The furore over controversial Sripadasagar irrigation project continued to rock Andhra Pradesh Assembly with TDP legislators stalling the proceedings on Wednesday.

This prompted the Speaker KR Suresh Reddy to suspend opposition members, including their leader Chandrababu Naidu, for two days.

A day after the Congress government agreed to place the files relating to finalisation of project tenders at the Irrigation Minister's chambers, the Opposition remained firm in its demand for placing them before the Speaker.

The Opposition has alleged irregularities in the tendering process for Sripadasagar project in Karimnagar district in Telangana region, designed to irrigate two lakh acres.

At the crux of the opposition argument is that cost estimate was deliberately inflated by Rs 400 crore to benefit private contractors.

Capping the 16-day stormy debate on the issue, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy on Tuesday offered to place the files at Major Irrigation Minister P Lakshmaiah's chambers to enable opposition parties to examine them.

As soon as the House assembled for the day on Wednesday, the TDP members stormed the podium insisting on tabling the files before the Speaker, a demand firmly rejected by the government.

Noisy scenes prevailed in the House with the Opposition members refusing to leave the podium despite repeated appeals from the Chair.

Amid the din, the Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah moved a resolution suspending 28 TDP members present in the House, including its floor leader N Chandrababu Naidu, for two days.