March 23, 2018

Rajya Sabha polls: TDP files nominations for just two seats

13 March 2018, 02:25 | Taylor George

Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat

Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat

On Thursday, the TDP withdrew its two Central Ministers P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Civil Aviation) and Y.S. Chowdary (Minister of State for Science and Technology) from the government, protesting the refusal of the Centre to oblige its demands for grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh along with some other benefits.

The Bill was introduced in the backdrop protests over the almost Rs 12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank in which businessman Nirav Modi is allegedly involved. The Minister also introduced the The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill 2018.

There was no change in the situation when the House re-assembled at 2 PM as opposition members continued with their protests.

Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD opposed the introduction of the Bill for violating the fundamental rights of citizens, being based on the premise of "innocent until proven guilty".

YSR Congress leader Vaivi Subbareddy introduced an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha to discuss the Andhra Pradesh row, and Jan Adhikar Party leader Pappu Yadav introduced the motion in the Lower House to discuss the alleged leak of a question paper for an exam the Staff Selection Commission conducted in February.

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Unsure of support from four Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs due to its ongoing rift, the Telugu Desam Party has filed nominations for just two out of the three Rajya Sabha (RS) seats that go to polls in Andhra Pradesh on 23 March. P J Kurien adjourned the House till tomorrow.

Now that the Telugu Desam Party has nearly severed its relations with the Bharatiya Janata Party and has started launching a blistering attack on the Centre, the BJP, too, has started looking for the irregularities committed by the TDP leaders and the Andhra Pradesh government. Joining them, Aam Aadmi Party members shouted slogans seeking an end to the sealing drive in Delhi, whereas the Congress and the TMC raised the bank fraud issue.

Unrelenting members from TDP stormed the Well carrying placards demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh while the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam demanded setting up of Cauvery water management board.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House till 2 PM amidst noisy scenes.

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