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State left red-faced by Congress MLAs in Assembly

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PARTY PROBLEMS:Telangana Congress MLAs stage protest on Assembly premises on Friday.

HYDERABAD: The Congress government faced embarrassment in the Assembly on Friday when the ruling party members from Telangana joined the TRS in disrupting the proceedings over the statehood issue, forcing adjournment of the House without transaction of any business.

About 15 placard-wielding Congress members stood in the well of the Assembly raising slogans demanding introduction of a Bill in Parliament for the formation of a separate State.

The placards carried pictures of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a slogan “introduction of Bill in Parliament is Sonia's wish”. The members who waved the placards included Arepalli Mohan, G. Venkataramana, T. Rajaiah, C. Mutyam Reddy and P. Kista Reddy. Jayasudha, a Congress member loyal to Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, sprang a surprise by holding aloft a placard of her own with a slogan in favour of Telangana state.

Earlier, the House was adjourned on two occasions after TRS members led by T. Harish Rao moved towards the podium holding placards and raised slogans seeking introduction of a resolution in the Assembly on the formation of Telangana.

The House, which met after a one-day recess following budget presentation by the government, was to have begun the debate on the budget after transacting question hour. The sitting for the day, however, lasted hardly 15 minutes as compared to the scheduled duration of five hours (9 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.).

Deputy Speaker N. Manohar appealed to them to resume their seats as the issue could be raised during the debate on budget. Legislative Affairs Minister D. Sridhar Babu said the non-cooperation by Telangana staff could also be discussed if they extended cooperation. However, with the members not relenting, he adjourned the House for the day almost two hours ahead of scheduled time. About 20 Congress MLAs from Telangana met at the CLP office earlier and decided to build pressure on the high command. They felt that they should not lag behind the TRS and TDP members in demanding introduction of a Bill in the Parliament.

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