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18 MPs of Andhra suspended from Lok Sabha, 4 MPs in hospital

Protest during introduction of Telangana Bill

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday suspended 18 MPs from Andhra Pradesh for rest of the session after unprecedented pandemonium

Protest during introduction of Telangana Bill

New Delhi: Cracking the whip, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday suspended 18 MPs from Andhra Pradesh for rest of the session after unprecedented pandemonium broke out in the House over the Telangana issue.

Ms. Kumar announced the decision soon after the House met at 2 pm after being adjourned in the wake of the ruckus created at noon by pepper spraying and fisticuffs among members opposing and supporting Telangana.

She named the members and said they had been suspended under Rule 374 A, which says that a member can “be suspended from the service of the House for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session” for disregarding “the authority of the Chair or abusing the rules of the House by persistently and wilfully obstructing business.”

“They may forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the House,” Ms. Kumar said.

Those suspended include L. Rajagopal, expelled Congress member who had earlier sprayed pepper gas from a canister in the House, causing chaos. TDP member M Venugopala Reddy, who broke the mike, was also among the MPs suspended.

Others suspended are Sabbam Hari, Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, SPY Reddy, M Sreenivasulu Reddy, V Aruna Kumar, A Sai Prathap, Suresh Kumar Shetkar, KRG Reddy, Bapi Raju Kanumuri and G Sukhender Reddy (all Cong), Niramalli Sivaprasad, Nimmala Kristappa, K Narayana Rao (all TDP), and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and M Rajamohan Reddy (both YSR Congress).

4 MPs in hospital after Lok Sabha fracas

Three MPs were today rushed to a hospital here after they complained of choking and burning eyes following a pepper spray attack by a member during introduction of Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha while another MP was admitted for a heart condition after he collapsed during the fracas.

The pepper spray assault allegedly by Congress MP L Rajagopal left several MPs and parliamentarians coughing and teary-eyed and three MPs had to be rushed to the nearby Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

Telegu Desam Party (TDP) MP Narayana Rao, who was opposing the Telangana bill, collapsed in the Lok Sabha and was rushed to the same hospital.

“He came to the casualty with palpitation in chest and complained of uneasiness following which he was examined by a team of physicians and cardiologists. His blood pressure and pulse rate was found to be very high. He was resuscitated in the RR room and has now been shifted to coronary care unit (CCU),” said Dr H K Kar, medical superintendent of RML hospital.

He said the Rao had underwent angiography a week back at a hospital in Hyderabad and was advised bypass surgery. He was advised bypass surgery. Now based on the report we are yet to decide whether we should give him stents or do a bypass surgery on him. His condition is being constantly monitored by a team of cardiologists,” said Kar.

Doctors at RML attended to the three MPs, Vinay Kumar Pandey, MP of Uttar Pradesh, Ponnam Prabhakar, Congress MP from Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh and Union Minister Porika Balram Naik, MP of the Mahabubabad Constituency who were rushed to hospital from Parliament.

“The MPs were brought to the hospital casualty. They complained of burning in the eyes, difficulty in breathing and skin irritation. A team of doctors comprising doctors from opthamology and dermotalogy examined them. Medications were given and they were discharged 2.20 PM,” said Dr Kar.

At around 4 PM, Telegu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu met Rao at the hospital and spoke to the doctors.


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