Politics: Telangana Update And More!

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy today morning resigned from his post, his elected membership of the Congress (MLA or Member of Legislative Assembly) and general party membership expressing anguish at the division of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra. Bandhs or closures have also been observed in various parts of the state and there are more protests scheduled for the days coming. Meanwhile the Telangana Bill could not be introduced in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, due to repeated disruptions, high drama and ugly scenes throughout the day. The Secretary General of the House got heckled by MPs most outrageously in the process. The last effort was made around 4 pm when the house resumed and four other bills were passed amid increasing din, but then the house had to be adjourned till Thursday tomorrow. The Bill is likely to be presented tomorrow with tight security in place and intense efforts will be made to get it passed.

Most unfortunately, the ‘parliamentary’ behavior displayed in public since last Thursday seems to have a profound impact throughout the country in terms of a definite fan following. In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly even the Governor’s address in the joint session was not spared by the opposition MLAs. There were noisy scenes of standing on benches, displaying placards, shouting of slogans and two MLAs even taking off their shirts for added impact. In Jammu and Kashmir Assembly there were scenes of slapping and persistent fisticuffs.

Politics at the moment threatens to engulf India with all its ugliness and vote-bank delirium. Even assassins and criminals seem to be counted upon as most valuable voters and efforts are being made to release them defying all legal norms. In a democracy citizens normally look forward to general elections, but this time they wish the nightmare gets over as soon as possible. However, what happens after that is equally hazardous to ponder about.


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