ANDHRA PRADESH

TD rakes up Nadergul land row in Assembly

Special Correspondent

House adjourned after TDP MLAs rush to the podium

Speaker disallows debate on issueOffers to take up matter next week

HYDERABAD: A noisy protest by the Telugu Desam Party members demanding a discussion on purchase of Government lands by certain persons, including Congress leaders, forced Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy to adjourn the House for 15 minutes.

V. Narender Reddy (TDP) raised the issue during zero hour accusing a Congress party ZPTC member of grabbing 900 acres of Government land at Nadergul in Ranga Reddy district. Advisor to the Government (Public Affairs) K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao was also involved in the land deal, he alleged.

However, the Speaker disallowed a debate on the issue. This led to the TDP members rushing towards the podium and picking up a row with the Chair demanding a discussion. As they ignored the Speaker's plea to allow the zero hour, the House was adjourned. Even after the House resumed business, the TDP members refused to resume their seats.

Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy criticised them for trying to tarnish the image of a person not present in the House. He asserted that the Government would not spare anyone involved in irregular land deals.

The TD members relented when the Speaker offered to take up the matter next week.

`Reply to notice'

Later, at a press conference, the CLP said that TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu reply to the legal notice served by Dr. Ramachandra Rao for dragging his name in the Nadergul land row.