‘T' members force adjournment of both Houses

Members of Parliament from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradhesh, cutting across party lines, forced adjournment of both Houses on the need for immediate formation of separate Telangana State.

The issue was taken up by the members belonging to the Congress, the TDP and the TRS and supported by the BJP in both – the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. In the Lok Sabha, members from the Janata Dal (U) raised the issue related to coal linkage to a power unit in Bihar thus adding to confusion.

Some Congress members from AP pinned black ribbons on their shirts and waved copies of newspapers carrying reports of suicide by a youth over Telangana issue. TRS members were seen showing posters demanding a Bill on separate Telangana.

Some BJP members were also heard raising the issue of team Anna member Arvind Kejrewal's attack on the parliamentarians on the corruption issue. The Lok Sabha, which was adjourned till noon, was again adjourned till 2 p.m. when the din on the subjects continued again.

In the Rajya Sabha, Prakash Javedkar (BJP) accused the government of indulging in “time killing” by constituting committees over the Telangana issue and said an “insensitive” government fuelled peoples' anger.

He said that after the suicide of an MBBS student on the issue two days ago, an autorickshaw driver on Monday committed suicide protesting the delay in formation of Telangana.

Mr. Javadekar claimed that 609 persons had committed suicide on the issue and added that the government should show political will to bring a Bill for Telangana. “NDA will support any such Bill,” he said.

K. Kesava Rao (Congress) came down heavily on the government for the delay and said: “If you want three crore people to die, we are ready.” He added that if democratic voice could not be heard, what was the use of Parliament and Assembly? Both Mr. Rao and Mr. Javadekar pointed out that “nothing happened” on the Telangana issue even as Home Minister P Chidambaram had announced that the process for the separate State had virtually begun.