Hyderabad: With both government and the Opposition unrelenting over demand for setting up of a Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) to probe land allotments, the deadlock in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly continued for the fourth day on Monday.

Proceedings were adjourned twice on Monday morning as main opposition TDP remained glued to their demand for constituting JLC to probe land allotments in the last six years, while the government retained that there was no provision for constitution of such a committee as per the rules.

Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu and Major Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy said the government was ready to make a statement in the House on the land allotments.

"Let us discuss the issue based on the statement. You can raise any demand if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion," Sridhar Babu told the TDP MLAs, who stormed
the Speaker's podium holding placards.

Reddy said there was no question of accepting the demand for a JLC without a discussion in the House.

TDP deputy leader P Ashoka Gajapathi Raju disputed Reddy's claim and said the government was accountable to the Assembly.

"When people's assets are brazenly looted, it is our responsibility to probe it through a JLC," Raju said, citing Parliamentary procedures to justify the demand.

Officiating Speaker, Nadendla Manohar observed that Parliament procedures were different and could not be applied to the state Legislature, where JLC was not provided for in the rules.

TDP members, however, remained adamant on their demand, leading to the first adjournment of the House for 30 minutes, during which Manohar held an informal meeting with floor leaders of different parties and some ministers to break the deadlock.

When the House reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed with agitated TDP members on their feet, holding placards and shouting slogans.

Manohar then adjourned the House again for 30 minutes and convened a formal meeting of all floor leaders to break the impasse.

(Agencies)