RS briefly adjourn over TDP’s demand for Andhra package

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Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed a brief adjournment on the opening day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament after TDP members demanded an immediate debate on their demand for a special package for Andhra Pradesh.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu agreed to take up the matter tomorrow or day after.

As soon as the ministers laid the listed papers during the Zero Hour, C M Ramesh (TDP) was on his feet demanding a discussion on the Andhra Pradesh issue.

Naidu said he has received notices for suspension of rules for discussing various issues from several members including Ramesh.

The Chairman said he has rejected the suggestion of suspension of business to take up the discussion.

Instead, he said he has converted the notices in Zero Hour mentions, barring the notice given by Ramesh.

Ramesh, the Chair said, has given a notice on a very important issue and a detailed short-duration discussion would be held on the issue “may be” tomorrow or the day after.

However, Ramesh insisted that the discussion should start immediately.

To this, Naidu said for a discussion, the Minister concerned should be ready.

Ramesh again suggested that the discussion should start immediately as the Andhra Pradesh issue was not new.

Congress MP K V P Ramachandra Rao from Andhra Pradesh raised a banner. When Naidu objected to it, he withdrew it.

As the TDP member again sought a discussion, Naidu adjourned the House till noon.

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