Hyderabad: MPs belonging to the TRS upped the ante in the Lok Sabha demanding amendments to the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution empowering the States to increase reservation for weaker sections even as Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s call for a Third Front became the hot topic of discussion in Parliament.
The TRS MPs stalled the proceedings in the Lok Sabha after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected their adjournment motion in this regard. They were joined by TDP MPs from Andhra Pradesh who raised the Special Category Status issue, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the session till Tuesday.
On the first day of the second leg of the Budget session of Parliament, TRS members were on their feet as soon as the session began with several members displaying placards, demanding transfer of powers to the States and enabling them to increase reservation in the State. They protested after the Speaker rejected their adjournment motion in this regard. TDP MPs from Andhra Pradesh joined their Telangana counterparts demanding Special Category Status for AP. As the noisy protests disrupted Question Hour, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till noon.
Though the House resumed, TRS MPs trooped into the well of the House with placards. Besides TRS and TDP MPs, members of the Congress and Trinamool Congress demanded a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Punjab National Bank scam accused Nirav Modi’s whereabouts.
Lok Sabha members of TRS took a strong stand on the reservation issue but were not shocked over their demands being ignored in Parliament.
Karimnagar MP B Vinod told Telangana Today that the TRS MPs will not relent until their just demands were met by the Centre. “The Centre cannot dictate terms to the States on local issues. We made our stand clear to the Centre and demanded for making amendments to the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. But we will continue to fight for our just demands throughout the remaining period of the Parliament session,” he added.
TRS floor leader in Lok Sabha, AP Jithender Reddy, speaking to Telangana Today, said Chandrashekhar Rao’s call for qualitative change in national politics had created a flutter in Parliament. “Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ananth Kumar enquired about the development, and I told them that there was need for a new leadership since nothing had been done in the past 70 years,” he said, adding that Mulayam Singh also came up and congratulated him on the Chief Minister’s move.