Noisy protests broke out in the House over proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh with members from Seemandhra and Telangana regions shouting slogans in favour and against the move.

As the ruckus continued, TDP Member of Parliament CM Ramesh tried to uproot the mike from the podium. A visibly upset Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien was heard saying, "Yes, you continue. If this is democracy, you continue."

Members from TDP and Congress were roaming in the Well with placards that read "We want Telangana" while Seemandhra members from the both the parties kept up their protest against any attempt to bifurcate the state.

AIADMK members led by V Maitreyan were seen blind folding themselves with black cloths while raising slogans "Save Tamil fishermen", positioning themselves before the Chair along with a Congress MP who displayed the banner "We want united Andhra Pradesh".

Amid protests, Kurien adjourned the House for the day. The House saw uproarious scenes earlier in the day with members of TDP and AIADMK positioning them in the Well even before Chairman Hamid Ansari called the House to order.    

Opposing division of Andhra Pradesh, two TDP members carrying 'Save Andhra Pradesh' banners and the lone Congress member with 'We Want United Andhra Pradesh' poster stood right below the podium. They were countered by Congress members, who moved into the aisles, carrying 'We Want Telangana' posters.

DMK members too were in the Well raising the issue of Tamil fishermen. They held 'Save Tamil Fishermen' banners. Ansari took up the listed questions, but as the din continued, he adjourned the House till noon.

(Agencies)

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