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India’s Parliament OK’s 29th state

NEW DELHI — India’s Parliament approved a plan on Thursday to create a 29th state following days of political mayhem, including a melee in which a lawmaker unleashed pepper spray on his colleagues.

Members of groups opposed to the division of southern Andhra Pradesh state shouted ‘‘No, No’’ to drown out a speech by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh just before the vote in the upper house.

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The chamber passed the bill in a voice vote as the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party joined the ruling Congress party in supporting the legislation, which was approved by the lower house on Tuesday.

Communist Party of India lawmakers then demanded a formal count and walked out when the upper house chairman replied that it was impossible because of the chaos, with protesting lawmakers refusing to take their seats.

The president is now expected to sign the bill to create Telangana state from mostly poor, inland districts of Andhra Pradesh. Opponents had objected to including wealthy tech and industrial hub Hyderabad in Telangana.

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