The Telangana Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. There was no live telecast of the House proceedings. After the passage of the bill, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Seemandhra will be given special package.
"It’s a black day in the history of democracy," YSR Congress leader Jagananmohan Reddy said and announced an Andhra Pradesh bandh tomorrow.
Earlier, unfazed by vociferous protests, the government on Tuesday moved the controversial Telangana Bill for consideration and passage in the Lok Sabha.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde moved the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014 for consideration even though ministers and MPs from Seemandhra region were in the Well opposing bifurcation of the State.
Sixteen members from the region, belonging to Congress, TDP and YSR Congress, were suspended from the House last Thursday, till February 20, after unprecedented pandemonium that saw expelled Congress member L. Rajagopal bursting pepper spray causing commotion.
For the first time, CPI (M) members also joined the protest against creation of Telangana. They were carrying placards opposing bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and demanding that the measure should not be adopted without a debate.
Members from Telangana region were also in the Well seeking early creation of the separate State. The Home Minister moved the Bill for consideration amid uproar and din in the House over various issues. Members belonging to various parties were also demanding passage of reservation in promotions and SC/ST sub-plan bill.
Speaker Meira Kumar tried to bring order in the House saying she has received notices of no-confidence motion and wanted to ascertain whether these are backed by 50 MPs. As the din continued, she adjourned the House till 1245 hours. As the proceedings in the House resumed, there were uproar again over the formation of Telangana State which forced her to adjourn the Loka Sabha again till 3 p.m.