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Congress, MLCs suspended from Council

Members of Congress and BJP were suspended for remainder of the ongoing session of Telangana State Legislative Council on Monday for disrupting the proceedings demanding a firm commitment from the State Government on farmers issues.

As the House met for the day, Council Chairman Swamy Goud took up Question Hour. However, the Congress MLCs, led by Leader of Opposition Mohammed Ali Shabbir, entered the House raising slogans against the State Government. They carried placards in their hands which demanded immediate payment of crop loan waiver dues. They did not respond to the repeated pleas of the Chairman to resume their seats. The Chairman then adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

When the House re-assembled, the Congress MLCs and BJP’s member N. Ramchander Rao continued their protest. The Chairman then carried the motion suspending Congress and BJP MLCs for rest of the session. Those suspended include Shabbir Ali, Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy, MS Prabhakar, Farooq Hussain and Akula Lalitha of Congress and Ramchander Rao of BJP.

Speaking to media persons earlier, Shabbir Ali alleged that the TRS Government was not serious on farmers and therefore, it was not willing to give any deadline for clearance of crop loan waiver dues. (INN)