Hyderabad: The notice given by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to Speaker N. Manohar for a resolution to be passed against the state division Bill, expectedly plunged the Assembly and Council into pandemonium on Monday.
The Speaker was forced to adjourn the House twice before winding up for the day. The Chief Minister remained in his chambers on the Assembly premises.
Elected representatives from Telangana stalled the proceedings in the Assembly demanding that the CM should immediately withdraw the notice.
Even ministers joined the protests in the well of the Assembly and raised slogans against the Chief Minister. The House reverberated with slogans of ‘CM down down!’ shouted by Telangana ministers and Congress MLAs, including Chief Whip G. Venkata Ramana Reddy and whip E. Anil.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narasimha led the attack against Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy. He was seen prompting the ministers to rush to the well of the House. The TRS questioned the continuance of Mr Reddy as CM since he had lost the confidence of his own party members.
Ministers B. Saraiah, D. Sridhar Babu, Dr J. Geeta Reddy, G. Prasada Rao, A. Sudarshan Reddy and V. Sunita Lakshma Reddy joined other Telangana members in the well despite the Speaker imploring them not to enter the well.
Attempts by Vijayawada (West) legislator V. Srinivas to raise counter slogans of ‘CM Zindabad’ did not evoke much of a response from the Seemandhra Congress members.