Special Correspondent

For obstructing proceedings in the A.P. Assembly

HYDERABAD: Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu and 21 other Telugu Desam legislators were suspended from the Assembly when they obstructed proceedings of the evening session on Wednesday demanding a debate on the Babli project.

They squatted near the podium of Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy and refused to heed to his advice to raise the issue on Thursday. Mr. Suresh Reddy, who adjourned the House for ten minutes, amid din, had no choice but to suspend them as they remained unrelented even after its resumption.

Earlier in the day during question hour, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) members staged a walkout resenting Government inaction on Babli and a raw deal to irrigation projects in Telangana. Party floor leader G. Vijayarama Rao said there was no budgetary allocation for Pranahita - Chevella link project this year while Polavaram that was meant to irrigate coastal districts was allotted Rs. 1,000 crore.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy intervened to say that the TDP had no moral right to discuss irrigation projects as the party had neglected the sector in its nine-year rule.

He said the Congress Government would overcome all hurdles to create irrigation facilities for 12 lakh acres every year in future.

Mr. Naidu called upon farmers of five Telangana districts to gear up to launch an agitation against construction of Babli project by Maharashtra.

Mr. Naidu proceeded to the place where party MLA E. Dayakar Rao staged a dharna protesting against Government's failure to stall construction of the project.

Mr. Dayakar Rao demanded that the Government take steps to stop work on the project or the Speaker accept his resignation from the Assembly.

On Mr. Naidu's advice, Mr. Rao called off his protest.