New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was yesterday repeatedly disrupted and finally adjourned till today after Speaker Meira Kumar suspended nine members from the house for five days for obstructing proceedings over the decision to create a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh.
The speaker named the nine MPs — four from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and five from the Congress — under rule 374(A) of parliamentary proceedings, which automatically suspends them for the next five sittings of the house.
Of the nine MPs, Nimalla Kristappa, Modugula Venugopala Reddy, Konakalla Narayan Rao and Nirmalalli Sivaprasad are from the TDP, while Savarshri A Sai Prathap, Anantha Venkatrami Reddy, L Raja Gopal, Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy and Bapi Raju Kanumuru belong to the Congress.
The members were protesting against the decision to create Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.
As soon as the house assembled at 11am, the members started shouting slogans demanding a united Andhra Pradesh. They refused to be quiet despite repeated requests by the speaker.
The TDP members wore masks of late prime minister Indira Gandhi, irking the treasury benches.
The TDP members also hurled “filthy abuses” in Telugu at the Congress, which angered the Congress leaders when it was pointed out by its Andhra MPs.
Congress chief whip Sandeep Dikshit then challenged the TDP members.
Following this, the speaker said: “...You may forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the house.”