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Mobile phones not allowed into AP assembly

Mobile phones not allowed into AP assembly

As the winter session of the Andhra Pradesh state assembly was heading for conclusion on Friday, assembly speaker Tammineni Sitaram took an important decision: not allow the MLAs to bring their mobile phones into the House.

Making a statement in the assembly, Sitaram said the MLAs should not bring their mobile phones into the House hereafter. They should deposit with the security at the entrance, along with their weapons, if any, before entering the House.

Stating that the usage of the mobile phones would disturb the sanctity of the House, Sitaram appealed to all the members to cooperate with him in implementing the decision.

Apparently, the decision was taken following the last week’s fiasco in the assembly, when the TDP members recorded in their mobiles the alleged abuses of YSRC members hurled against opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu, which led to a lot of commotion.

Even in the past, TDP general secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh was found recording the proceedings of the House in his mobile to project the YSRC members in the bad light.

The live-telecast of the assembly sessions and recording of the proceedings is the prerogative of the Speaker. In fact, the assembly staff themselves would record the entire proceedings and it is the property of the legislature. 

So, other members should not record the same in whatever manner and it amounts to breach of privilege of the assembly. So far, such mobile recording was not taken seriously, but now, the present assembly speaker decided against allowing mobile phones into the assembly.

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