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Rajya Sabha MPs turn vandals, tear paper, break mic

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Rajya Sabha MPs turn vandals, tear paper, break mic

Rajya Sabha witnessed unruly scenes today as MPs opposed to the creation of a new Telangana state turned vandals - tearing papers, breaking the mic of the Chairman - and holding up placards near the Speaker's chair forcing him to adjourn the House proceedings.

It is learned that 10 MPs are likely to face action for disrupting proceedings regularly since the beginning of the new session. These MPs were named inside the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Earlier today, Union minister Farooq Abdullah said that the Centre has failed to handle the Telangana row well. "I think it has gone terribly out of gear. If people of a state don't want the division of the state, and the state assembly has rejected it, then we should not go ahead with it in Parliament," he said.

The minister added that he did not attend the meeting on Friday when the bill was passed by the union Cabinet.

The criticism from NC, which is an ally of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, comes at a time the Congress is lobbying hard with the BJP seeking its support for the bill in Parliament. It is expected that the bill would be introduced in Parliament on Tuesday. Some senior Congress leaders are busy holding talks with BJP leaders.

Sources said that the BJP has asked the government to bring six changes in the version of the bill approved by the cabinet, including the provision for a financial package for the Seemandhra region, or the two non-Telangana districts.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and many other leaders form the state are against the bifurcation of state to create a new state of Telangana. The Congress accepted some demands of Reddy and other agitating leaders but did not accept their demand to make Hyderabad a union territory. The bill states that Hyderabad will be a shared capital for the next 10 years between the old and new state. It is however, highly unlikely that the revenue will be divided between the two states.


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