Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid ruckus

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The proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were stalled for the sixth day on Monday with no let up in protests by opposition parties and NDA ally TDP over various issues including the banking scam, special status to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery water dispute.

The Schedule IX of the Act listed the state undertakings like the Andhra Pradesh State Seeds Development Corporation Ltd, Andhra Pradesh State Agro Industrial Development Corporation Ltd, Andhra Pradesh State Warehousing Corporation, Andhra Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd besides others. Mr. Naidu said that he believes that with the full utilization of the marine resources, and the 1,000km long coastline, coastal Andhra Pradesh can be developed into an aqua hub. The promises include Special Railway Zone at Visakhapatnam, Steel plant in Kadapa, Dugarajapatnam port (or a port at any other location instead of Dugarapatnam), Polavaram National Irrigation Project etc. The centre assured Andhra Pradesh special assistance measures instead of SCS.

NDA constituent Telugu Desam Party had pulled out its two ministers - Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y.S. Chowdary - from the Central government over its failure to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. "The southern states contribute maximum tax revenues to the Centre, but it is diverting the money to the development of northern states".

Naidu said discussions on India's biggest bank fraud and other issues have been permitted under rule 176 that provides for a member to give notice of a Short Duration Discussion for raising a matter of urgent public importance without the voting clause.

Even earlier, TDP began protesting against the centre after the Union budget, citing "injustice" to the state in funding, and non-fulfilment of bifurcation promises. It is much higher for our state which was divided against the public will and is in hard situations after unjustifiable division.

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly had yesterday passed a resolution taking strong exception to the Centre's "careless attitude" in implementing the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has often made clear his dislike for "colonial terms" and today he again asked ministers to refrain from using them during proceedings.

"Hence we are strongly asking him (to honour the promises made in the Reorganisation Act as well as those made in Rajya Sabha by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh), Naidu said".