Hyderabad, Mar 20: Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly was adjourned for the day without transacting any business today as Telangana Rashtra Samiti members did not allow any proceedings, demanding that the House adopts a resolution seeking creation of Telangana state.
Two adjournments - first for an hour and next for 30 minutes - did not restore order in the House as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLAs persisted with their demand.
They surrounded the Speaker's podium holding placards and raising “Jai Telangana” slogans even as Speaker Nadendla Manohar and Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao repeatedly appealed to them to let the House transact regular business listed for the day.
The TRS MLAs said they wanted the House to function, but would allow that only if they were assured of a resolution on the statehood demand.
Recalling Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy's assertion that no resolution on the Telangana issue could be adopted in the House, Dharmana ruled out moving any such motion.
“When the Leader of the House himself made it clear that no resolution is possible, there is no way we can concede your demand,” the minister told the protesting TRS legislators and requested them to let the House function smoothly.
As the TRS members remained unrelenting, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier, the Speaker disallowed adjournment motions moved by opposition parties on different issues.
The TDP MLAs demanded that the government withdraw value-added tax imposed on textiles and demanded a discussion in the House on the issue.
They stood in the Well of the House and registered their protest on the issue.