The legislators created pandemonium in the assembly for second consecutive day on Monday over the issue for formation of separate Telangana, following which Speaker Nadendla Manohar adjourned the house for half-an-hour, the second adjournment since morning.
    
The legislators created pandemonium in the assembly for the second consecutive day on Monday over the issue for formation of separate Telangana, following which Speaker Nadendla Manohar adjourned the house for half-an-hour, the second adjournment since morning.
    
While MLAs from Telangana pressed for immediate tabling of the draft Bill in the House, their counterparts from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions demanded a resolution against the proposed bifurcation of the state.

On the direction of the Speaker Nadendla Manohar, legislature secretary Raja Sadaram introduced the Bill and read out the message from the President, asking the House to send back the Bill with its views by January 23.

The legislators from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) stood as a wall to fend off their counterparts from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) who were raising slogans opposing the bifurcation.

Telangana legislators, including Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, hailed the introduction of the Bill. The ministers from the region were seen thumping the desks.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is strongly opposing the bifurcation, was not present in the House.

The speaker announced that the copies of the bill in Telugu and Urdu were also made available for the members. It was not clear when the Bill would be taken up for debate.

Seemandhra lawmakers tear, burn copies of Telangana bill

Soon after Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, was tabled in the house, legislators from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions) opposing the state's bifurcation came out of the House and tore the copies of the bill at the media point.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader D Uma Maheswara Rao was the first to tear the papers while finding fault with the speaker's action in tabling the bill amid the pandemonium earlier in the morning.

The YSR Congress party's Seemandhra lawmakers after tearing the copies of the bill set them on fire, adding to tension at the media point. Police tried to prevent them but failed.

Legislators from the Telangana region cutting across party lines condemned the action of Seemandhra lawmakers.

Congress leader and government chief whip G Venkatramna Reddy said the actions of protesting legislators were highly objectionable.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader E Rajender said the action of Seemandhra leaders was an insult to people of Telangana and demanded their immediate apology.

JPN/Agencies

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