Congress gets an earful from TDP

2 Sep, 2013 16:33 IST|Sakshi
Congress gets an earful from TDP

The Lok Sabha was Monday repeatedly disrupted and finally adjourned till Tuesday after Speaker Meira Kumar suspended nine members from the house for five days for obstructing proceedings over the decision to create a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP members wore masks of late prime minister Indira Gandhi, irking the treasury benches.

The TDP members also hurled "filthy abuses" in Telugu at the Congress, which angered the Congress leaders when it was pointed out by its Andhra MPs.
Congress chief whip Sandeep Dikshit then challenged the TDP members.
Following this, the speaker said: "...You may forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the house."

Meira Kumar then adjourned the house till 2 p.m. but the four TDP members stayed inside the house in protest.
When the house reconvened, Deputy Speaker Kariya Munda, who was in chair, requested the four TDP members to withdraw from the house even as the Left parties raised the issue of hike in petrol prices.

The BJP demanded action against the suspended TDP members. Amid chaos, the house was then adjourned till Tuesday.

The speaker named the nine MPs -- four from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and five from the Congress -- under rule 374(A) of parliamentary proceedings, which automatically suspends them for the next five sittings of the house.

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