Andhra Pradesh News on February 13, 2014
February 13, 2014 - Hyderabad
- 'Telangana bill gets approval even on voice vote', TRS chief express confidence
Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandra Sekhar Rao held discussions with TJAC Chairman Prof. Kodandaram on Thursday in Delhi on the incidents in Parliament on Thursday.
During discussions, Chandrasekhar Rao expressed his confidence that the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 will get through from the Parliament even with voice vote. He expressed confidence that the BJP will not oppose the Bill in Parliament as it is committed for formation of Telangana State. Minor hurdles for the Congress is a fact but it would get through all in getting the Bill passed in Parliament, said K Chandrasekhar Rao.
If the Bill could not get through at this juncture, Telangana people will teach a lesson to both BJP and Congress in the coming elections, he reportedly told.
- Chief Minister gives green signal for Health Cards to journalists
Chief Minster N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday approved the file extending Health cards to journalists on lines with those of State Government employees. Under this, journalists can get Rs.2 lakh of medical services in all hospitals under Aarogyasri Trust. Every reporter by paying a premium of Rs.1,440 a year can get covered under this scheme, said Dana Kishore Commissioner of Information and Public Relations.
- JNTU postpones all examinations
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) has postponed all examinations scheduled to be held on Friday in purview of Kakinada following a bandh call given. A fresh date will be announced shortly, said JNTU officials.
- Seemandhra Bandh call given in protest against attack on MPs
In protest against the attack on the State MPs by MPs belonging to other States, APNGOs Association has given a bandh call on Friday.
Samaikyandhra Parirakshana Vedika convener Ashok Babu threated that if any unfortunate thing happens to Konakalla Narayana, Sonia Gandhi will be solely responsible, he said.
Ashok Babu charged that the Congress initiated an attack on their own MPs from their counterpart State MPs is most unfortunate. He wanted the MM Pallam Raju, Panabaka Lakshmi and Kishore Chandra Deo should open their eyes even now.
- 'Placing the Bill in Parliament unilaterally', is unfortunate', says Minister Sailajanath.
'Terming the day's incidents in Parliament, Minister for Assembly Affairs Dr.S Sailajanath termed the action of Congress-led UPA government as unilateral and unfortunate. He said that they are going against the wishes of the MPs in the Parliament. He said that BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that the Bill is not placed while Kamalanath tells as it is placed and which is correct is not known.
- T-Bill in Parliament drives four MPs to Hospital
Following the Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal who opened pepper spray in the air as a measure of guarding himself, three MPs were hospitalised.
Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar, Union Minister Balaram Naik and Uttar Pradesh MP Vijay Kumar Pande were admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for rashes and burning sensation and were discharged after being treatment.
Meanwhile, Konakalla Narayana was admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital following chest pain and is being treated at coronary care unit where a team of cardiologists led by Superintendent Dr HK Khar is treating him. He was shifted to Apollo hospital for improved and sophisticated medical aid.The MP undergone angioplasty surgery a week back and doctors said that the BP levels and pulses rate above normal and he was advised to undergo bypass surgery.
- AP Assembly adjourned sine die
After the Assembly re-assembled after it's first adjournment unruly scenes prevailed in the Assembly. Speaker Nadendla Manohar announced that the vote-on-account budget as passed on voice vote and adjourned it sine die.
- Jagan rescues Lagadapati Rajagopal action of spraying pepper in the air
YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the action of Lagadapati Rajagopal by spraying pepper in the air is good. He said that this action will not cause any harm to human life and it best may irritate for few minitues. The action comes when the Speaker made an announcement all of sudden and he did what he wanted.
- Cine director and photographer Balu Mahendra dies of heart attack
Famous movie director and Cinematographer Balu Mahendra (74) died on Thursday due to heart attack in Chennai. He was admitted to Vijaya Hospital following chest pain and died while on medical treatment according to his family members. Born in Sri Lanka and was trained in Pune Film Institute and he settled in Chennai.
- AP STATE REORGANIZATION BILL PRESENTED'
- Lok Sabha adjourned to Monday
Speaker Meira Kumar immediately after the House assembled at 3pm announced of having adjourned the House to Monday
- TRS MLA Harish Rao expressed his happiness
TRS MLA Harish Rao responding over introduction of Telangana Bill in the Parliament expressed his happiness and termed this as victory of 4 crore Telangana people. He charged the Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal as Terrorist. He expressed that the Bill will get Parliament approval today.
- Rajya Sabha adjourned
Following noisy and unruly scenes Rajya Sabha was adjourned to Monday.
- AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh calls on Ponnam Prabhakar
After calling on Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar who is undergoing treatment, AICC in charge of AP Affairs and AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh said that this day the most unfortunate day. He wanted stringent action on those involved.
- Resignation only after discussion with Seemandhra MPs, says Kiran Kumar Reddy
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, the decision of resignation only after discussing the same with Seemandhra MPs. He said that it is most unfortunate to place the Bill in such an atmosphere.
- MP Konakalla Narayana put to severe illness
Machilipatnam TDP MP Konakalla Narayana following severe illness was rushed to AIIMS hospital.
Hospital sources said that his health is under control.
- Seemandhra MPs suspended and adjourned the House by 3pm
Immediately after Lok Sabha assembled at 2pm Speaker Meira Kumar suspended Seemandhra MPs following violent scenes.
Seemandhra MPs Nimmala Kristappa, Jagan Mohan Reddy, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Madugula, Lagadapati Rajagopal , Sabbam Hari, Harsha Kumar, Mekapati, SPY Reddy, Maganti, A Saipratap, Vundavalli Arun Kumar are among those suspended. She read the names of 17 MPs who were placed under suspension. She adjourned the House by 3pm.
After suspension, Speaker adjourned the House by 3pm.
- 'We have no information about introduction of the Bill', says BJP senir leader Sushma Swaraj.
Speaking to press, BJP senior leader Sushma Swaraj said that Parliamentary customs have been thrown in the air. She said that they have not given any papers of information of placing the Bill in the Parliament. She said that Telangana Bill has not been placed in the Parliament. we will not have any dialogue with the government, said Sushma Swaraj. She said that BJP is not against the Bill.
- 'Is it required to place the Bill amidst suspension', says BJP senior leader Advani
BJP senior leader LK Advani said that he was in Parliament since 1977 and never had I seen such an unfortunate situation. He said that MPs entering the podium in presence of the Prime Minister and AICC president Sonia Gandhi is very bad. He said that it is advisable not to go to the bill except vote on account bill. He questioned to placing the Bill amdist suspension is needed?
- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha re-assembled at 12 noon. Union Home Minister Shinde presented the historic AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 in Lok Sabha. Samaikyandhra activists raised slogans both inside and outside Parliament. Amidst protests by Seemandhra MPs immediately the Bill was presented, Speaker adjourned Lok Sabha.The house was adjourned before Seemandhra MPs could realise the presentation of the Bill. The Bill was presented by the Union Minister Home Minister Shinde table the Bill under No.28 . the House adjourned by 2pm. Finally, the Centre could place the Bill in Parliament.
Gutta and Manda Jagannatham manhandled Lagadapati Rajagopal. MPs tore the Bill copies and thrown in the air.
Rayapati Sambasiva Rao said that Ponnam Prabhakar attacked Lagadapati Rajagopal and he was in an unconscious state.
Lagadapati Rajagopal spared pepper spray and following irritation three MPs were shifted to hospital due to irritation. Lagadapati Rajagopal and Ponnam Prabhakar are among those shifted to hospital.
MP Jaswanth Singh said that never in the history of Indian Parliament that such an unfortunate situation arise. He said that Congress is responsible for this miserable stage and unfortunate for the sake of votes and seats.
- Violent incidents are a black spot on Indian democracy,says Kamalanath
Kamalanath speaking to media said that the violent incidents in the House are most unfortunate. He said that action would be taken whoever involved irrespective of parties. He said that they are likely to take action by suspending some of the MPs. These incidents are a block spot on Indian democracy. Madugula entered the House with a knife said a report will be submitted to the Speaker on the happening, said Parliamentary affairs Minister Kamalanath.
- Lagadapati and Madugula admitted in Ram Manohar Lohia hospital
Vijayawada MP Lagadapati and Madugula Venugopal Reddy were admitted in an emergency ward in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
- 'I am deeply shocked over the incidents', says Speaker
Speaker Meir Kumar speaking to media said that it a black spot on the Indian democracy. She is shocked over the incidents and not in a postion to speak on the issue, she said.
- 'Stern action has to be taken', says RJD chief
RJD chief Shard Yadav termed the present day incidents in the Lok Sabha is a black spot to the Indian democracy. He wanted the Prime Minister to take action on those concerned and should see such incidents should not recur.
- 'Undeclared emergency prevails', says TDP leader Payyavula Keshav
TDP MLA Payyavula Kesha speaking to media alleged that undeclared emergency situation is prevailing near the Parliament premises with heavy police force deployed to radius of one kilometre. Police are physically lifting the Samikhayndhra activists from the Parliament premises. There is a commotion between the activists and the police. Police are lifting Samaikyandhra activists from the premises by buses. Tension situation prevailed at the premises. Police obstructed APNGOs president Ashok Babu from speaking with the media and have taken him physically.They are objecting the leaders to speak to media.
- Prime Minister meets Congress senior Union Ministers
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday held a meeting with the senior Congress Union Minsters to chalk out a strategy at the time of placing Telangana Bill. The meeting was attended by Chidambaram, Shinde among others.
- Samikhayndhra activists plans to stage dharna at Delhi
Congress Seemandhra MLAs planned to stage dharna at New Delhi on February 17. They will be going in 10 special trains. Sources said that they have invited the Chief minster to participate. Stepping down from the Chief Minister's post will be only after a dharna at Delhi said sources.
- Three Congress MLAs resigns Congress party
At a time when Congress led UPA government prepares to place Telangana Bill in the Parliament, three Congress MPs Adala Prabahakara Reddy, Sridhara Krishna Reddy, Bandaru Satyananda Rao submitted their resignations to the Party. Bandaru Satyananda Rao resigned for both the party as well to the MLA post. They faxed the resignations to PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana and AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
- Both houses of the Parliament begin.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned by an hour following sloganeering by the MPs. It continued to witness unruly scenes.
Parliament Sessions begins and Lok Sabha was adjourned by an hour following Seemandhra MPs raising slogans and unruly scenes. Seemandhra MPs barged into the Well holding 'Samikhayndhra placards'. Union Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Daggubati Purandeswari, Killi Kruparani, Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy went into the Well. Both the houses were adjourned up to 12 noon.
- Three Maoists killed in an encounter
Three Maoists killed in an encounter with the police in Chhattisgarh Abuzmud forest area.
- 'Telangana bill has to come to Parliament', says Kamalanath
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamalanath speaking to media said that Telangana Bill has to come to the Parliament either today or even after three days. He said that whether to place the bill today or on Monday will be decided depending upon the circumstances.
- Live updates of Parliament on AP State Reorganization Bill 2013
Following the attempts by the Centre to place AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 (Telangana State formation Bill), heavy security arrangements has been made.
Speaker's office had made necessary arrangements. They denied passes to the people from Andhra into the Parliament. The security necessitated following a threat by Anakapalli MP Sabbam Hari of self-immolation. Fire fighting tenders have been stationed to handle any eventuality as part of security measures. Heavy security police force is deployed.
Meanwhile, Seemandhra MPs are also discussing the course of action to be adopted in the Parliament to block the bill from introduction. TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu is holding talks with the party MPs to take out a strategy to be adopted.
Government plans to get the bill approved by resorting to suspension of Seemandhra MPs.Security staff are allowing the MPs after a thorough check and even not permitting to take placards with them.
Large number of marshals was deployed and the security staffs are scanning each and every MP before being permitted inside the Parliament. They are directed to handle any eventuality that may likely to happen.
- Kavuri Sambasiva Rao writes to Prime Minister expressing concern over division of the State
Union Minister Dr. Kavuri Sambasiva Rao in a dissent note to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday asked him to take note of his objections.
In his note, he said that he is a staunch believer that progress is possible of State or a Country by keeping united. He said that in earlier occasion, he emphasised the need to keep Andhra Pradesh united. Government has brought the division bill without keeping the interests in mind of the people of Seemandhra and an opinion of them is that the Centre is neglecting their interests, said Kavuri Sambasiva Rao. He dealt in length the events took place including the draft bill rejected by the Assembly and the Centre is committing mistakes.
He said that in view of the mistakes being committed and he cannot be a part to the mistakes and do not want the history to remember him being a part and parcel of the Union Government mistakes, he said.
- Bandh in Seemandhra districts in protest against division of State continues
The bandh call given by APNGOs association in protest against the Centre going ahead with the division of the State is being observed in all the 13 Seemandhra districts.
It may be recalled here that the YSRCP and TDP is supporting the Bandh. All the APSRTC buses were confined to bus depots while petrol bunks, educational institutions and offices remained closed.
- Government places AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 in Parliament
The Congress led UPA Government on Thursday prepared to place the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 (Telangana State Formation Bill) in Parliament on Thursday. Government places the Bill under Article 117(3) and the President has given his consent in this direction.
- AP Assembly adjourned by an hour following sloganeering by members,
13th Assembly continues to witness adjournments even on its last day of sessions. Speaker Nadendla Manohar rejected the adjournment motions given by opposition parties. Congress and TRS MLAs raised protest slogans in the Assembly and went into the Speaker's podium. Speaker unable to bring the Assembly into control adjourned the House by an hour.
- Government scraps controversial Lepakshi Knowledge Hub (LKH)
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday cancelled the controversial Lepakshi Knowledge Hub by clearing the file.
In the back drop of the Advocate general gave his green signal for cancellation, government cancelled the same and orders are will be issued on Thursday.
It may be recalled here that former Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasekhara Rao has allotted 8,848 acres of land to LKH that is a concern of Indu Group and they obtained hundreds of crores of rupees loan by pledging the lands and diverted to other needs. The CBI that registered a case against it and gained a part in the illegal assets case of Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy son of former Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy. The project has offered to create 1.5 lakh employment with an investment of Rs.10,000 cores but failed to keep up its promise.
- Telugu Desam MP M Venugopal Reddy and expelled Congress MP Sai Pratap have served no-confidence notice against the UPA Government separately today.
- Petrol bunks across Seemandhra will be closed today protesting the Centre's decision to table Telangana Bill in the Parliament. The bunks will be closed between 9 am and 5 pm.