Special Correspondent

Over appointment of Additional Public Prosecutors

HYDERABAD: The appointment of Additional Public Prosecutors by the Andhra Pradesh Government in violation of the Presidential Order and GO 610 touched off a furore in the Assembly leading to the abrupt adjournment of the House on Friday.

Slogan-shouting members of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) hindered the proceedings by rushing to the podium carrying posters alleging that not even one candidate from Telangana had been selected for the 15 posts of Additional Public Prosecutor notified by the Government. Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy adjourned the House twice as TRS legislators were unrelenting on their demand for a discussion on the notice of adjournment motion moved by the party and cancellation of the appointment orders.

Mr. Reddy finally called it a day when his appeal to the members to raise the issue under a different rule went unheeded. No business was transacted during the brief 90-minute sitting of the House.

When the House was adjourned for the second time, TRS MLAs staged a demonstration in front of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's chambers. In a bid to thrash out the issue, Dr. Reddy invited them for talks and even telephonically instructed Law Secretary T. Madan Mohan Reddy to stay the appointments until they were modified.

On resumption of proceedings, however, TRS members again created a scene. The Speaker adjourned the House after announcing that the questions listed for the day were deemed answered.

TRS floor leader G. Vijayarama Rao later blamed the Government for wasting the time of the House. He said the proceedings could have been held if only the House was informed about the Chief Minister's assurance that the appointments were being kept in abeyance.

Question hour was marked by another protest by the Telugu Desam that gave a notice of adjournment motion to discuss the steep rise in cement prices. Finance Minister K. Rosaiah replied that Chief Secretary J. Hari Narayan had been asked to convene a meeting of the managements of cement companies to discuss the issue.