The decision came at a meeting that chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu had with leaders of various parties, including the TDP.

Rajya Sabha will discuss Andhra special status next week after TDP disrupts House
news Politics Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 07:55

The Rajya Sabha will discuss the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and special assistance package next week.

The decision came at a meeting that chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu had with leaders of various parties.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had earlier disrupted both Houses of Parliament over the issue during the Budget session, but later agreed to a short discussion in the Rajya Sabha.

The party had given a notice under the suspension of business rules on Wednesday, but Chairman Naidu rejected the notice and instead agreed for a short duration discussion.

Soon after laying down the papers on the table of the House, Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notices for suspension of rules and asked the members to raise their issues during Zero Hour.

"I have decided not to suspend the rules, but the matters mentioned are important and relevant. I have decided to take them up in Zero Hour, except the notice given by TDP member CM Ramesh," Venkaiah Naidu said.

"Ramesh's notice pertains to an important issue which is agitating the state. This was raised earlier also. I have decided allow a detailed short duration discussion on this. After consulting the Minister, we will decide the date," he added.

But Ramesh persisted and demanded that the discussion begin "right now". "This is not a new issue. We have been raising this since Budget session," he said.

Amid the din, Naidu adjourned the House for a brief period till noon.

Sources said Opposition leaders in the meeting assured TDP Parliamentary Party Leader YS Chowdary that a detailed discussion will be enabled.

Congress members Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, SP's Ram Gopal Yadav and CPI's D. Raja were among others who have given notices for suspension of the rules on various issues.

The session, which began on Wednesday, will have 18 sittings. It will conclude on August 10.

In the current 535-member Lok Sabha, the TDP which has 16 MPs, had pulled out of the NDA in March over its demand for a special category status for Andhra Pradesh. 


IANS inputs