Parliament adjourned till noon following uproar over Telangana
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon following an uproar over the proposed formation of a new state of Telangana out of a united state of Andhra Pradesh.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned within minutes after it met for the day.
Members from Andhra were seen carrying placards saying 'Jai Samaikyandhra' and 'Save Andhra Pradesh'.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha.
Earlier in the day, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said all efforts are being taken to ensure that the Telangana bill is passed in the Lok Sabha today.
He said it is for the speaker to decide on how to deal with the possible disruptions in the House.
The government recently approved the creation of Telangana, a move that has revived deep political divisions in Andhra Pradesh and raised fears of violence in the area between pro and anti Telangana groups.
Earlier, the parliament erupted in mayhem when a lawmaker fired pepper spray in the House in protest against the Telangana Bill, which left lawmakers coughing, sneezing and holding scarves to their faces. The agitated protesters also broke a glass table and broke an official's microphone.
The furor erupted after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde rose to table the bill.
The state assembly of Andhra Pradesh had earlier rejected the draft Bill to create a separate Telangana state.
(Posted on 18-02-2014)
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