Still in alliance with BJP, but will fight for Andhra's rights: TDP

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For the sixth consecutive day, both Houses of Parliament failed to transact any substantive business, with regional parties disrupting proceedings over various issues.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan chose to adjourn the House when members stormed the well carrying placards after question hour. But with members not willing to relent, Naidu was forced to adjourn the House till 2 pm. The Congress has been demanding discussion over bank fraud cases, including the Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank scam, while the AIADMK has been pressing for the setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Board.

The Telugu Desam Party, which pulled out of the Modi government this week, on Saturday clarified that its alliance with the BJP was still on, though it was "severely hurt" by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks on assistance to Andhra Pradesh.

Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD opposed the introduction of the Bill for violating the fundamental rights of citizens, being based on the premise of "innocent until proven guilty". He questioned the provision of seizing assets of an accused before he was proved guilty.

However, Shukla said these provisions can be debated during the discussion on the Bill, and introduced it.

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu tried to pacify members and conduct the Zero Hour, but protesting members stormed the well. The only Congress member protesting in the Well was K V P Ramachandra Rao from Andhra Pradesh. With no let up in the protests, she adjourned the House for the day. Naidu in his two tweets said: "We will work day and night to rebuild the state, I have the experience, people of this state are hard working, but BJP is failing to provide justcie to the state". Mr. Veerraju much to their chagrin spoke about how the TDP changed its stand from time to time with the help of clippings of statements made by different TDP spokespersons.

"As per the decision of our party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, we are announcing the candidature of C M Ramesh and Ravindra Kumar for the Rajya Sabha election", State TDP president K Kala Venkata Rao said in a release. Last week Jaitley categorically declined special status category to state, immediately after which TDP ministers in the Union cabinet resigned. However, as the pandemonium continued, Kurien adjourned the proceedings of the House for the day after barely a couple of minutes.

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