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Suspended Telangana MPs prevented from entering LS

April 25, 2012 19:55 IST
Eight Telangana MPs, suspended from the Lok Sabha for four days, were prevented entry into the House on Wednesday as the security personnel were armed with their photographs to stop them from entering even the lobbies.

Since after suspension on Tuesday for repeatedly resorting to noisy scenes to disrupt the House proceedings, they had tried to stage a sit-in even after the House was adjourned for the day.

They, however, quietly withdrew after the Speaker sent a warning that their occupation was illegal and unauthorised and they can be physically removed and arrested if they do not go out within one hour.

The government was even prepared on Tuesday to use Marshals of the Lok Sabha to physically lift them from the House after their suspension, but the Opposition leaders resisted any physical action and hence the Speaker was requested to make arrangements to ensure they are not able to enter the House when it reassembles on Wednesday.

Those suspended are: Ponnam Prabhakar, Madhu Goud Yashkhi, Dr Manda jagannath, Gutha Sukhendra Reddy, K R G Reddy, Rajaiah Siricilla, Porika Balram Naik and Dr Gaddam Vivekanand.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi on Wednesday sought to point out that their suspension shows that the Congress can go to the extent of action against own party MPs, as t ensure smooth functioning of Parliament is important.

He added that it should be taken as a learning lesson by the Opposition as well, so that it protests, with responsibility, and not disrupts the principal Parliamentary task of legislating.

A Correspondent in New Delhi