Miffed TDP stages protest against suspension of its 3 MLAs from Andhra Assembly

A day after 3 TDP MLAs were suspended from the Andhra Assembly Budget session, Opposition TDP MLAs staged a protest demonstration on Wednesday.

Andhra Assembly Speaker on Tuesday suspended three MLAs viz. Atchannaidu Kinjarapu (Tekkali), Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary (Rajahmundry Rural) and Nimmala Ramanaidu (Palacole), from the rest of the Budget session.

On Wednesday before the Assembly session began, TDP members staged a protest and raised slogans against the suspension of their colleagues, saying it was undemocratic.

The protest was led by Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu. Along with MLC Nara Lokesh, several TDP MLAs and MLCs participated in the protest.

TDP leaders held placards while raising slogans against CM Jagan Mohan Reddy.

TDP has 23 MLAs in the Andhra Assembly.

The spat between ruling and opposition camps began during discussions over a pension scheme, with Nimmala Ramanaidu demanding for a clarification regarding pensions for SC, ST, BC and minority women starting from the age of 45. TDP leaders claimed that the pension scheme was promised by YSCRP as part of their manifesto.

However, responding to TDP, Minister of Panchayati Raj Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, stated that no such promise was made in their party manifesto. After that, TDP leaders insisted that they be allowed to play a video in their possession where CM Jagan is apparently making promises about the pension scheme.

After the government refused to entertain this request, the Speaker moved on to the next question, leading to chaos in the Assembly. An infuriated Buggana Rajendranath, who is the Minister for Legislative Affairs, proposed that the three TDP MLAs be suspended for their misconduct. 

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