Andhra Pradesh assembly: Upon the commencement of the third day of the Budget session, TDP members stood up and called for a discussion on the adjournment motion they had proposed regarding issues affecting farmers in the state. For the second day in a row, Tammineni Seetharam, the speaker of the Andhra Pradesh state assembly, suspended 10 opposition Telugu Desam Party legislators on Wednesday for allegedly causing disruptions during the House proceedings.
At the onset of the third day of the Budget session, TDP members stood up and requested a discussion on the adjournment motion they had submitted regarding farmers’ issues in the state. Despite this, the speaker denied the adjournment motion notice.
The TDP members rushed to the podium and chanted slogans against the government and its policies perceived as anti-farmer. Despite Seetharam’s repeated appeals for order, the members persisted in disrupting the proceedings, leading to their suspension from the House for the day.
Andhra Pradesh assembly: Ten TDP members were suspended for a day.
The TDP MLAs who have been suspended are Bendalam Ashok, K Atchennaidu, Nandamuri Balakrishna, G Buchaiah Chowdary, Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa, G Venkat Reddy Naidu, Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu, Nimmala Rama Naidu, Rama Raju, and Dola Bala Veeranjaneya Swamy. When the suspended TDP members declined to leave the House and persisted in rushing the podium, the speaker summoned marshals to remove the members from the premises forcibly. Speaking to reporters afterward, TDP MLA Nimmala Rama Naidu claimed that the government led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress party showed little concern for the challenges faced by farmers and was reluctant to address important issues related to the agricultural sector.
In the past five years, the Jagan government has not prioritized farmers, he alleged, Andhra Pradesh ranks second in farmers’ suicides and third in tenant farmers’ suicides during Jagan’s tenure.
The TDP was not interested in listening to the administration, which was presenting the state budget on Wednesday, according to state finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy. He claimed that the TDP members were just interfering with the proceedings in an attempt to take up all the media attention. He mocked the TDP members for being unable to come up with fresh ideas, as even the slogans they were using were plagiarized. “Copying is both TDP’s patent and copyright. We used to shout “Bye Bye Babu,” and they are now doing the same. “Even the pamphlets they distributed today and the promises they are making are copied,” he stated.