Chaos in AP legislature TRS TDP MLAs try to manhandle Guv

Hyderabad: Bedlam prevailed in the Andhra Pradesh Legislature Thursday as TRS and TDP MLAs hailing from Telangana region virtually manhandled Governor E S L Narasimhan  while he was delivering the customary address to the joint sitting of both houses on the opening day of the Budget Session.

The TRS MLAs first uprooted the mike and later the lectern as the Governor began his address.

Suddenly, two TDP MLAs ? A Revanth Reddy and Mahender Reddy ? rushed from behind and pulled down the chairs on the podium.

In fact, Revanth Reddy surged towards the Governor and tried to pull him aside even as the Governor`s personal security staff prevented the MLA.

The TRS MLAs also tore copies of the Governor?s speech and flung them at him while raising slogans "Governor go back".

TRS MLA T Harish Rao climbed the members` table and tried to jump over the main podium but Marshals, who rushed inside the House, prevented him.His other colleagues stormed the podium and tried to push the Governor.

Council Chairman A Chakrapani and Assembly Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar pleaded with the unruly members with folded hands not to resort to such acts but to no avail.

The TDP MLAs from Telangana region too joined the protest and hurled their shawls at the Governor.

A large posse of plainclothes policemen (marshals) encircled the podium and stood guard to the Governor.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu, former Chief Minister K Rosaiah and other members were present as the bedlam continued.

Amidst the din, an unperturbed Governor continued his speech and completed it in nine-and-a-half minutes.

The entire proceedings lasted just about 14 minutes.