Eleven members of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) who stalled the Question Hour proceedings demanding the government to move a resolution on the formation of Telangana state were suspended by Assembly Speaker N Manohar for two days on Wednesday.
Protesting against the Speaker’s decision and also resenting the State Government’s indifferent attitude towards the TRS demand, four CPI and two BJP members staged a walk-out from the House later.
Trouble began as soon as the House assembled at 9 am with the Opposition members demanding the Speaker to take up the adjournment motions tabled by them.
While rejecting their demand, the Speaker said that the members had to discuss the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s address and appealed to the Opposition MLAs to resume their seats. When they remained steadfast in their demand, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for half an hour.
After the House re-assembled at 11.30 am, the TRS members continued to stage protests demanding the government to move the resolution.
At the same time, CPI and BJP legislators were on their feet at their respective positions and raised slogans seeking a resolution on Telangana. As repeated pleas by the Speaker could not pacify the slogan-shouting TRS legislators, Roads & Buildings Minister D Prasada Rao moved the resolution to suspend the11 TRS members which was adopted by the House. When the TRS members did not leave, the Speaker summoned marshals to evict them from the House.
MLA K Sambasiva Rao of CPI said that the suspension of the TRS members was painful and lashed out at the government for its adamant attitude though more than 700 people have ended their lives demanding a separate state.
BJP floor leader Y Lakshminarayana said that they were elected to the Assembly after assuring people that Telangana state would be achieved. However, the Congress took a U-turn on the issue, he said before walking out of the House. [The Hans India]