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Obulapuram Mining Corporation issue rocks Assembly
A record number of 77 Opposition MLAs suspended

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Obulapuram Mining Corporation issue rocks Assembly

A record number of 77 Opposition MLAs suspended

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was rocked on Thursday over the alleged irregularities in the Obulapuram Mining Corporation owned by Karnataka Minister Gali Janaradhana Reddy when the government turned down the Opposition's demand to agree to an inquiry by a House Committee. The heated discussion culminated in the suspension of 77 Opposition MLAs for the entire day. During the four hour debate that began during the Question Hour, Opposition parties particularly TDP, TRS and Left raised apprehensions about the motives behind the government's inaction against the company.

The Treasury Benches rejected their demand for constituting a House Committee on the ground that the matter was pending adjudication in the High Court as well as Supreme Court. The Chief Minister, Dr.YS Rajasekhara Reddy maintained that it was primarily a dispute between two private companies and the government could not intervene as the matter was sub judice.

The Opposition leader, N Chandrababu Naidu cited a series of letters addressed by the Union Environment and Forests Ministry ordering suspension of mining permission granted to Obulapuram Mining Corporation and four other companies in addition recommending action against officials who connived with the company. He pointed out that the Chief Minister had only referred to a letter from the Centre revoking its orders to suspend mining leases, but made no reference to other letters recommending action against the officials concerned. The Opposition persisted with its demand for a House Panela to allay doubts being raised about the alleged irregularities of the OMC that culminated in suspension of the MLAs.

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