5 TDP MLAs suspended for disrupting budget session over hooch deaths

Five TDP MLAs were suspended from Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday for the rest of the budget session for disrupting the proceedings over the Jangareddygudem hooch tragedy.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  14 March 2022 3:15 PM GMT
5 TDP MLAs suspended for disrupting budget session over hooch deaths

Amaravati: Five TDP MLAs were suspended from Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday for the rest of the budget session for disrupting the proceedings over the Jangareddygudem hooch tragedy.

TDP deputy leader Atchan Naidu, Butchaiah Chowdary, P. Keshav, Ramanaidu and Veeranjaneya Swamy have been suspended for the rest of the session.

Speaker Tammineni Seetharam announced the suspension of the TDP members after finance minister Buggana Rajendranath moved a resolution.

The TDP legislators rushed near the Speaker's podium and threw pieces of paper at the chair while demanding the government discuss the deaths caused by illicitly distilled liquor in Jangareddygudem town.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy slammed Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for politicising the Jangareddygudem deaths for their own vested interests and said TDP should refrain from spreading false propaganda on illicit liquor. Eighteen people died after consuming spurious liquor in West Godavari this week.

Jagan said not all deaths occurred in the same place and added that 18 deaths have been registered in the municipality. He accused the TDP of distorting facts and politicising natural deaths. The population of Jangareddygudem was 48,994 according to the 2011 Census and considering the 12% growth during the decade, it would be 54,880. Jagan said the death rate is estimated at 2% across the country and the state which means at least 90 people die naturally due to illness, old age, or accidents.

The CM said country-made liquor is not new and it was there during the TDP regime too. It still exists and that is why the state has set up a special police force called the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB). He said orders have been given to take stringent measures to curb illicit liquor in the state. He said the government intends to reduce the consumption of alcohol and has closed down 43,000 belt shops after coming to power. Jagan added that there were 4,380 alcohol shops with permit rooms that allowed 50-60 people to drink in those rooms. The state government has abolished permit rooms after coming to power, he said.

Next Story
Share it