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Five ministers defy PM over his comment on House chaos

Five ministers defy PM over his comment on House chaos
In an unprecedented action, five Union ministers on Wednesday defied Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the Telangana issue, prompting him to say that his heart ‘bleeds’ over such happenings.
The Lok Sabha witnessed a never-before seen spectacle of four ministers trooping into the ‘Well’ of the House and disrupting presentation of the interim railway budget. The ministers from Seemandhra region were protesting against the move to bifurcate Andhra.

The anguish by PM was not acceptable to Seemandhra minister, Pallam Raju, Cabinet minister for HRD, who argued that Singh’s comment was not ‘fair’. The ministers were expected to put up a ‘final battle’ against the bifurcation, said Raju, who did not move into the Well. The four ministers who did were K S Rao, D Purandeshwari, K Suryaprakash Reddy and Chiranjeevi, whose action led to an abrupt cutting short of the budget speech by railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge. He laid his speech on the table.
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