Amaravati, Jan 22: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed pandemonium on Wednesday as the Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members rushed to the podium and raised slogans as ‘Jai Amaravati’.
The TDP members, who were opposing the setting up of three capitals in the state, rushed to the podium as soon as the house assembled for the day. The TDP members climbed the Speaker's podium and stood there by raising slogans, disrupting the proceedings. Speaker Tammineni Sitaram expressed anger on them and repeatedly requested them to go back to their seats. He told the TDP members that they had been disrupting the proceedings since beginning of the special session since Monday. “What is this? Do you think it is your house” the Speaker said. At this juncture, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy intervened, asking the Speaker to call the Marshalls. The Speaker then called the Marshalls and asked them to take the TDP MLAs back to their seats. Thereafter the Marshalls took the TDP MLAs to their places and seated them.
The proceedings began once again after normacly was restored. Mr Reddy said rushing to the podium and raising slogans tantamounts of humiliating the house. The Chief Minister said that the ruling party MLAs are 151 but they were all calm. “The TDP members are provking the ruling party members. If our members lose temper what will happen?. If our members counter them, the TDP members want it to gain sympathy. Do they know what for they are coming to Assembly” the Chief Minister asked. It may be mentioned that the Assembly had passed two crucial bills--- setting up three capitals in the state, with Amaravati being the legislative capital and repealing the CRDA Act amid strong protests from the TDP members after the special session was convened on January 20. UNI