AP assembly adjourned without debate on Telangana bill

For the fourth consecutive day, no debate was possible on the Telangana bill in the Andhra Pradesh assembly, which will now meet again Jan 3 for the second leg of the winter session.

Speaker N. Manohar adjourned the assembly till Jan 3 amid uproar by the Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) lawmakers opposing the debate on the bill for the creation of a separate Telangana state.

The state assembly, which was adjourned a minute after meeting in the morning, reassembled after 1.30 pm. As the Seemandhra legislators belonging to opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress continued shouting slogans, the speaker adjourned the house till next month.

The winter session, which began 12 December, was to continue till Friday, but the speaker adjourned the house a day in advance.

The bill for the formation of a separate Telangana state was tabled in both houses on Monday after it was sent by the president, seeking the opinion of legislators in Andhra Pradesh. The bill has to be returned to the president by 23 January.
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