Lok Sabha adjourns briefly amid protests by TDP members


New Delhi: Vociferous protests by members of NDA ally Telugu Desam Party today forced brief adjournment of Lok Sabha proceedings as they demanded special facilities for Andhra Pradesh.

The YSR Congress also joined the protests in the Well of the House and raised slogans despite repeated requests by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urging them to go back to their seats.

With agitated members continuing their protests during Question Hour, the proceedings were adjourned for ten minutes till 1120 hours.

The TDP, which is the BJP’s biggest ally in the south, is “disappointed” that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget did not address the state’s needs

“Please go to your seats. This is not the way,” Mahajan was heard saying before adjourning the House for ten minutes.

There were around 10 members from TDP and YSR Congress in the Well.

In a novel protest, one of the members had tied a tuft of his hair with a red ribbon. Wearing a garland, he was also seen using ‘kartal’, a musical instrument generally used while singing bhajans.