Ruckus in AP Assembly for 2nd day over special status issue

Ruckus in AP Assembly for 2nd day over special status issue

Pandemonium prevailed in Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly on Friday when the YSRCP members stormed into Speaker's podium raising slogans against the AP government for welcoming the Centre's special development package by compromising State's interests.

The issue of special status to the state rocked the house for a second consecutive day as YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) legislators, demanding an immediate debate on the matter, trooped near the Speaker's podium. The YSRCP called for a state-wide bandh on Saturday to protest the Centre's denial of special status.

Even after Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao urged the members to maintain decorum and everyone would be given time to express their views on the issue on the special status, the YSRCP MLAs gheraoed Speaker's chair as part of their protest.

Amidst the din, Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu informed the house that the government is ready to make a statement in the House on the announcement made by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and the financial package announced by the center. The lone opposition party did not relent and insisted on a debate straightaway. The Speaker repeatedly told the opposition members that they were making grave mistake by attacking the marshals. When the marshals tried to stop the MLAs a scuffle broke out between them leading to the adjournment of the house. Another group was seen again pushing and jostling with the marshals.

The House was adjourned for two hours and when it reassembled, the situation had not changed.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said that only special status can compensate for the losses that Andhra Pradesh is suffering due to the bifurcation. Find us on Facebook too!

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