All opposition parties including the TDP, BJP and the Left parties have been suspended

Amid anti-TRS slogans 32 opposition members suspended from Telangana assemblyImage: Wikimedia Commons/Pauk
news Monday, October 05, 2015 - 16:35

The Telangana legislative Assembly witnessed a stormy session yet again on Monday, after several members of the Opposition parties were suspended for the remainder of the monsoon session for disrupting the House and demanding a debate over farmers' loan waiver.

With the exception of the MIM and a few members of the Congress, all opposition parties including the TDP, BJP and the Left parties have been suspended.

The house met for the fifth day, and started on a turbulent note as Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary rejected the opposition's demand to discuss farmers' issues, claiming that it was discussed at length for two full days last week. 

Congress members immediately stood up with placards in their hands, and refused to stop shouting slogans against the TRS government. Other opposition parties soon followed suit.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao got up and pointed out that "If you are still not satisfied, there are processes, other options for the Opposition to adopt, rather than insist that they would not allow the House to run. They should remember that the ruling party represents two-thirds of the strength in the House."

Around fifteen minutes into the session Legislative Affairs Minister T Harish Rao moved a motion for suspension of the members for the remaining days of the session till October 10. 

When the members refused to leave, the Speaker called for the Marshals to evict them. 

The Opposition members have been demanding that the TRS government waive the farmers' loan in one go, instead of its current approach of three installments while also demanding that the problem of farmer suicides that plague the state be tackled immediately.

While Congress leaders have called the move 'undemocratic,' the BJP has termed it a 'black day' in the history of the Assembly.

The opposition parties are now considering joining hands to call for a state-wide bandh and launch an agitation against the TRS government.