Protest against separate Telagana were once again louder in Lok Sabha on Tuesday as Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh clashed in the House, leading it to be adjourned for a while.
Soon after commencement of zero hour, TDP members were allowed to raise Telangana issue, which they opposed tooth and nail and assembled near Speaker Meira Kumar’s podium.
Instantly, several Congress MPs from Andhra including YS Jaganmohan Reddy, YSR’s son, joined them in the protest.
Jaganmohan Reddy was even observed shaking hands with members of the TDP, in opposition in the southern state. He was also seen holding a placard stating ‘We want united AP’.
When some Congress MPs from Andhra region, led by K N Rao, tried to raise their voices and rushed towards the podium, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal tried to pacify them and asked them to return to their seats.
Some MPs from Telangana led by M Jagannath also raised their voices, leading to an angry verbal exchange between Congress MPs who found themselves on opposing sides of the Telangana issue.
The Speaker was forced to adjourn the house for 10 minutes till 1230 hrs IST.
Action against Jagan Demanded
Congress MPs from Telangana region sought action against against YS Jaganmohan Reddy for ‘colluding’ in the Lok Sabha with TDP MPs opposed to a separate Telangana state.
A delegation of the MPs led by Madhu Goud Yaskhi and M Jagannath made the demand to Defence Minister AK Antony, who is also chairman of the Congress disciplinary committee.
“Jaganmohan violated the party discipline, even colluding with the TDP MPs, who are led by opportunist leader (N.) Chandrababu Naidu. We demanded action against Jagan,” said Yaskhi.
“The house witnessed a drama orchestrated by Jaganmohan,” Yaskhi was quoted as saying by IANS. He alleged that Jaganmohan was using the Telangana issue to bring down the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh.
“He (Jagan) is not happy with the party high command for not making him the chief minister (of Andhra Pradesh) after YSR’s death,” Yaskhi alleged.