Telangana Bill chaos: MPs brandish pepper spray, knife inside Lok Sabha
MPs opposing the Telangana bill used pepper spray inside the Lok Sabha, after the bill was tabled in the lower house of the Indian parliament. As soon as the Vijaywada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal of the congress released the pepper spray in the air, the house was adjourned immediately. Rajya Sabha has been also adjourned till Monday and Lok Sabha till 3 pm.
TDP MP Venugopal Reddy also brandished a knife in the Lok Sabha while Telangana bill was being tabled. However Reddy denied allegations saying he was just waving a mike. Taking an immediate action, the Lok Sabha Speaker suspended seventeen Andhra Pradesh
MPs under rule 374. Due to the ruckus, TDP member K. Narayana Rao rushed to RML Hospital as he collapsed in Lok Sabha after apparently consuming something.
The Lok Sabha turned into a battle ground, and all hell broke loose as Rajagopal spread the spray causing severe coughing among the members. TDP MP Venugopal Reddy broke the mike on Secretary General's table in Lok Sabha. Meanwhile, in Rajya Sabha, TDP MP, CM Ramesh tried to pluck away the mike. Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Kamal Nath termed the event as a 'big blot on parliamentary democracy'.
Even before the session had started, there was a clash between pro - and anti-Telangana supporters outside the Parliament at Vijay Chowk. Normal life has been thrown out of gear in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh due to a bandh called against the Centre's planned move to table the Telangana Bill in Parliament today.
The Telangana storm over Telangana even derailed the presentation of the Interim Rail Budget 2014-15 on Wednesday. Apart from this, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Kiran Kumar Reddy has decided to quit the post, and has confidently said that he will be launching a new political party soon.