Uproar in parliament over special status to Andhra Feb 09, 2018 0 167 12345 IANSNew DelhiParliament on Thursday continued to witness protest from the members of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress over demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh and other financial benefits to the state. In Lok Sabha, members of the two parties again staged separate protests, forcing a brief adjournment during Question Hour while the Rajya Sabha witnessed pandemonium over the issue even as the attempts to resolve the issue by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu failed. As the Lok Sabha met, members from the TDP and the YSR Congress trooped near the Speaker's podium with placards and started raising slogans demanding"justice"for Andhra Pradesh. The protest and sloganeering continued even as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urged the members to go back to their seats. Midway through the Question Hour, TDP MP N Sivaprasad picked some books related to rules of proceedings from Lok Sabha Secretary General's table and tried to leave with them, prompting the Speaker to say that he was causing a threat for others. "They are working for you, if something happens to them... This is not proper, please keep distance from them,"Mahajan said, referring to the Lok Sabha secretariat staff who are seated on a table in front of the Speaker's podium. The members stood around the Secretary General's table while protesting. An angry Speaker then adjourned the House for 15 minutes. When the sitting resumed, the protest continued. Sivaprasad was also seen beating a rattle during the protest. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar then urged the members to stop the protest when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley comes for the reply to the Budget debate. Union Minister YS Chowdary, who is from the TDP, also asked the protesting members to give some time to the government. "If the issues are not resolved in 15 days, we can have an exclusive discussion on this...,"he said. The TDP members, however, continued their protest. As the debate proceeded, members from both the parties were still standing near the Speaker's podium even though the sloganeering stopped. In Rajya Sabha, the scene was no different. Soon after the house reassembled at 12 noon, TDP members raked up the issue of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and demanded a solution to the crisis. In an attempt to resolve the issue, Naidu allowed Chowdary to give suggestions over the demand of special status to Andhra Pradesh. "If government is willing, there are some issues of special status category. My request to the government is that if they can commit to resolve the issue in 15 days. The Finance Minister should address this concern in his reply to the budget speech,"he said. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Kerala minister defends CPI-M leader over graft allegations against his sons Feb 09, 2018 0 939 Congress to work with like-minded parties in LS: Sonia Feb 09, 2018 0 159 Andhra strike over 'injustice' in budget hits normal life Feb 09, 2018 0 158 Five arrested for helping terrorist escape in J&K Srinagar Police in the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday achieved a breakthrough by arresting five suspects who helped a Pakistani terrorist escape from a Srinagar hospital on Tuesday. Sources said .. BJP planning 'major assault' on Constitution: Tharoor IANS New Delhi The BJP government is looking to make a"major assault"on the Constitution if the ruling party gets a majority in both the Houses of Parliament, says Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who feels the attack on .. SC urged to quash FIR against army in Kashmir IANS New Delhi The father of Major Aditya Kumar, named in an FIR by Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir police in civilian killings during a firing incident, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court to quash the case because .. Kamal to meet influencers from TN in US IANS Chennai Actor Kamal Haasan, who is in the US, will meet key influencers from Tamil Nadu and explore a better future for the state. Kamal, who has announced his foray into politics, will be delivering a lecture at the .. 'Not scared of protests over biopic on Kamal Das' IANS Mumbai Malayalam film director Kamal is not a worried man even though his biopic on the very fiery author-poet Kamala Das has ignited debates and protests, as well as attracted an attempt to stop the film legally for ..