Nandamuri Balakrishna’s theatrics stir controversy in Andhra Assembly
In a tense turn of events at the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Speaker Thammineni Sitaram issued a stern warning to the Telugu Desam MLA and well-known actor, Nandamuri Balakrishna. Balakrishna’s controversial antics of twirling his moustaches and striking his thighs did not sit well with the assembly decorum.
Despite this being treated as Balakrishna’s first offense, Speaker Sitaram didn’t mince words, emphasizing the potential for strict repercussions if any member exhibited inappropriate behavior against the house’s norms. He further lamented that TD MLAs disregarded set rules, even though he was open to allowing them to voice their concerns.
The Speaker also shed light on today’s assembly proceedings, pointing out the unseemly conduct of TD legislators. Particularly singled out was the act of tearing and throwing paper, which he interpreted as a direct affront to the Speaker’s authority. Furthermore, the Speaker highlighted specific violations by TD MLAs Anagani Satyaprasad, Kotamreddy Sridhar, and Payyavula Keshav, resulting in their suspension for the entire session.
But the list didn’t end there. Thammineni Sitaram took decisive action, announcing the suspension of an extensive list of TD MLAs, including the likes of Kinjarapu Atchannaidu, Bendalam Ashok, and Adireddy Bhavani, among others. Even YSRC rebel MLA V Sridevi found herself on the suspension list, underscoring the Speaker’s commitment to maintaining the assembly’s dignity and decorum.