Five TDP MLAs suspended from Andhra Assembly

Five legislators of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were suspended from Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday for the rest of the Budget session for disrupting the proceedings over the Jangareddygudem hooch tragedy.

Speaker Tammineni Seetharam announced suspension of the TDP members after Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath moved a resolution.

The TDP legislators had rushed near the Speaker's podium and threw pieces of papers towards the chair while demanding the government to discuss the deaths caused by illicitly distilled liquor in Jangareddygudem town.

Alleging that 25 persons died after consuming cheap liquor, TDP demanded a statement from the government and debate on the issue.

The pandemonium led to the Speaker adjourning the House twice. When the House re-assembled, the opposition legislators continued their protest disrupting debate on the budget. The finance minister then moved a resolution for suspending the opposition members.

TDP deputy leader Atchan Naidu, Butchaiah Chowdary, P. Keshav, Ramanaidu and Veeranjaneya Swamy have been suspended for the rest of the session.

Later, speaking in the As