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TDP protests in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

TDP protests in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

With members continuing their protest, the Chair was forced to adjourn the House till 2pm.

When it re-assembled at 2 pm, the protesting MPs, including those from the NDA partner TDP, trooped into the Well raising slogans and displaying placards.

For the sixth day in a row, members continued to protest on issues such as bank fraud, special status to Andhra Pradesh and setting up of Cauvery water management board. An anguished Kurien said "This is not fair".

TDP members were holding placards which read "Follow alliance dharma". "I don't agree with this.", he said before adjourning the proceedings for the day.

The Telugu Desam Party on Sunday nominated sitting MP CM Ramesh and noted lawyer Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar for the two Rajya Sabha seats it is contesting in Andhra Pradesh.

"There is no going back".

The assembly's resolution reflected Naidu's anger at TDP's ally BJP.

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Seven days have been lost in Opposition protests, he said.

Before adjourning the house, Naidu announced the nomination of JD (U) member Kahkashan Parveen on the panel of presiding officers to conduct the proceedings of the House, making her the first woman to be included in the panel in the recent times.

Major political parties on Monday gave notices for discussion on a wide range of issues including the PNB fraud, sealing drive in Delhi and granting special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Naidu also repeated his request to members not to display placards inside the House. He noted that such meetings were meant to discuss and decide the issues and agenda to be taken up in the House in the context of normal functioning and made no sense if the House was not being allowed to function. "Let us put an end to is my earnest appeal". They will discuss their children's welfare.

"If my motion is not accepted, principle of natural justice will be denied", Roy said.

Naidu reminded members of sanctity of the rules of the House and the need to adhere to them. Modi promised that he will help Andhra Pradesh. Goel was asked to inform Ahluwalia that he can make a statement tomorrow. His remark was in reference to catcalls being made from treasury benches when he called P Chidambaram to lay on the table a Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Home Affairs.