On a day marred by acrimonious exchange of words between ruling Telugu Desam and YSR Congress, 37 MLAs belonging to the Opposition party were on Wednesday suspended from the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for a day as they tried to stall proceedings of the House over the land deals in the state capital region Amaravati.
Barring Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, the YSRC members present in the House were suspended for the day late in the afternoon when they raised slogans demanding a CBI inquiry into the land deals.
The ruling party, however, succeeded in pinning Jagan down to the mat on the land deals issue, taking strong exception in particular to the allegations he made against ministers P Pulla Rao and P Narayana.
Led by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP as well as the BJP members demanded that Jagan prove the allegations right on the floor of the House or tender an unconditional apology.
"If you prove the allegations, I will dismiss the two ministers forthwith. Otherwise, you have to face action of the House," the Chief Minister announced.
Jagan then sought to divert the issue and wanted the government to order a CBI inquiry.
The Chief Minister stoutly refused to oblige saying "there is no need for any inquiry. I will not order any probe.
Let me see what you can do."
Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao took Jagan to task for making "wild allegations" in the House against certain members.
"You are making wild allegations against everybody, even against me. These are extraordinary and grave allegations. This is an irresponsible way of talking in the House. The Leader of the House asked you to prove the allegations and promised to take action if they are found true. Otherwise you have to apologise," the Speaker clearly told the opposition leader.
Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu lashed out at Jagan for making allegations against ministers without following rules and traditions.
"This is a very serious issue and related to the prestige of the House. If you can't prove the allegations, the House has a right to punish you," Yanamala said.
Finding himself cornered, Jagan did not seek to substantiate his allegations but simply raised the demand for a CBI investigation. .