Bedlam in Telangana Assembly after KTR-Aruna spat

HYDERABAD:  The Telangana Assembly was plunged into a bedlam following heated arguments between Minister for Panchayat Raj and Information Technology K. T. Rama Rao and Congress member D. K. Aruna during Question Hour on Tuesday.

After the Minister replied in negative to a question by Ms. Aruna, a former Minister whether there was any proposal to construct a bridge across the Krishna connecting Gurramgada island to Rangapur in Mahabubnagar district, the latter insisted for postponement of the question since the issue related to the Irrigation Minister.

The IT Minister tried to convince her that the matter would be taken up with the Minister concerned and necessary action after consultations with Ms. Aruna. However, the Congress member remained unrelenting and persisted in her demand for postponement of the question.

Another Congress member G. Chinna Reddy, a former minister who also hails from Mahabubnagar district, supported her contention. As both of them stuck to their guns for postponement, a TRS member quipped what they were doing as Ministers in the erstwhile Congress government.

Aruna’s quip triggers ruckus in House

Irritated by the remark, Ms. Aruna lost her cool and asked the member to shut up. She quipped that the party which had not provided a berth to a woman in the cabinet, had no moral right to talk about others.

This triggered off bedlam in the House with TRS members up on their feet and vociferously protesting and demanding an apology. As a senior member of the House and former Minister, her behavior was not befitting the dignity of the House, TRS members said.

Mr. Rama Rao said that in spite of her outburst, the government was trying to be understanding and cooperative in assuring necessary action on the issue raised by her. However, it was very unfortunate and regrettable that she was making irrelevant comments about non-inclusion of a woman in the KCR cabinet.

The Minister said such “dadagiri” and “bunglow politics” might work in her district and not here. This is not Mahabubnagar and we were also elected members and hence we cannot tolerate such “dadagiri” he retorted.

Reacting sharply to the Minister’s comments, Ms. Aruna wrenched the mike and rushed to the podium protesting against the derogatory comments made against a woman member. Other Congress members also rushed into the well and raised slogans. TRS members also tried to rush into the well,

Speaker Madhusudana Chary pacified the agitated members from both sides by stating that he would look into the footage of the proceedings and take necessary action. But when the Congress members continued their protest, he adjourned the House for a brief period.

Jana Reddy again plays the role of peacemaker

When the House reassembled, Leader of the Opposition K. Jana Reddy said it was unfortunate that the proceedings were getting disrupted as members from both sides were losing their cool and getting agitated over trivial matters. Due to their over zealousness, Ministers too were over -reacting instead of maintaining calm and restraint.

He appealed to members from both sides to help preserve the dignity of the House and urged the Speaker to take appropriate action after going through footage of the proceedings. He also remarked that it was not befitting on the part of another Minister G. Jagadishwar Reddy to make slang remarks.

Intervening, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao agreed with Mr. Jana Reddy about maintaining dignity and decorum. He said ruling party members, especially ministers should observe restraint and avoid getting provoked or irritated. “I appeal to all the members from both sides to strive together to enhance the dignity of the House so that the Telangana Assembly should become a model for the rest of the country”, he said.

On his suggestion to examine footage of the proceedings and put an end to the controversy, the Speaker adjourned the House. (NSS)

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