TDP chief Naidu, 12 others suspended for a day from AP Assembly

TDP supremo and former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu and 12 other TDP MLAs were suspended for a day from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on 30 November after they stormed the podium stalling the proceedings on the first day of the winter session.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  30 Nov 2020 11:46 AM GMT
TDP chief Naidu, 12 others suspended for a day from AP Assembly

Vijayawada: TDP supremo and former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu and 12 other TDP MLAs were suspended for a day from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on 30 November after they stormed the podium stalling the proceedings on the first day of the winter session.

It was the first time in recent times that the Opposition leader stormed the podium and squatted on the floor in front of the Speaker's chair.

The House took up a short discussion on agriculture and cooperation when TDP member Nimmala Ramanaidu raised the issue of flood relief for the damage caused due to cyclone Nivar in parts of Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy clarified that officials have been asked to complete the enumeration of losses by 15 December and pay compensation by 31 December in the form of input subsidy.

Then, Opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu urged the Chair to give him the mic to speak but this was declined as his party member Ramanaidu was speaking. This led to the TDP members rising to their feet and demanding that Mr. Naidu be allowed to speak. On being refused, a visibly angry Chandrababu Naidu rushed to the podium and squatted on the floor in protest.

Objecting to the action of the TDP chief, the Chief Minister said the Opposition leader is intervening even as his own party member is speaking and trying to disrupt the proceedings. He resorts to rowdyism and he himself squats before the podium as if injustice was done to him, Jagan said.

When the members of the Opposition failed to return even after repeated appeals by the Speaker, the leader of the House intervened and said the winter session of the Parliament and the Telangana Assembly were also not held in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister for information and transport, Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) introduced the motion to suspend 13 members, including Mr. Naidu, from the House for a day. Following this, Speaker T. Sitaram suspended them and asked them to leave the House. However, when they continued to stay in the House, marshals were called and they were physically taken out from the House.


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