Aruna, Sunita spat in Telangana Assembly

  • Alleagations relate to liquor business
  • Members challenge each other to prove allegations

HYDERABAD: The spar between two women members – one each from TRS and Congress – triggered off a ruckus in the Telangana Assembly during zero hour on Wednesday.

The Congress member D.K. Aruna, without naming anybody, displaying a newspaper clipping said in the House that a liquor dealer brought by a TRS woman legislator was found roaming in  the lobby and had even gone into the chambers of the minister concerned. She wondered how can an outsider be brought into the lobby where rules clearly prohibited entry of outsiders and wanted a clarification in this regard.

Excise Minister T. Padma Rao regretted that the senior Congress member was making irrelevant allegations based on speculative newspaper reports and wanted that such baseless reports should not be given prominence and waste the precious time of the House.

TRS member Sunitha immediately got up and wanted to clarify on the issue. Speaker Madusudhana Chari pointed out that her name was not mentioned and hence there was no need for her to give any clarification. However on insistence she was permitted and she explained that a private PRO appointed by her for dealing with problems of devotees visiting Yadagirigutta had come to the Assembly on a pass signed by her. She demanded the Congress member to show any proof regarding her baseless and imaginary suspicions of alleged dealings.

As if not to be out done by the Congress member, the TRS member displayed a newspaper and thundered whether the reported illegal mining dealings of the Congress member in Mahabubnagar district  should be raised and a probe demanded. This triggered of loud protests from Congress members which was countered equally by the TRS members. The Congress members led by Aruna rushed to the podium and demanded the Speaker to permit them to clarify on the issue.

The Speaker sternly told both sides that he would not permit allegations and counter allegations in the House and advised the protesting members to maintain peace and dignity in the House (NSS)

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