Jana-KTR slugfest over mike to turncoat Ajay

ASSEMBLY ZERO HOUR

Hyderabad: Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao and opposition leader K Jana Reddy got into a wordy duel in the Assembly on Monday when Speaker S Madhusudana Chary gave mike to Puvvada Ajay Kumar.

The House saw pandemonium when the Congress leaders, including Jana Reddy and Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka were on toes and raised objection to the Speaker giving mike to Ajay, who switched loyalties to the ruling TRS from the opposition Congress. KTR intervened repeatedly and objected to Jana Reddy for questioning the discretionary powers of the Speaker.

Jana Reddy thundered as to why KTR was frequently interrupting them from speaking in the House. “Is it deliberate attempt to stifle the opposition voice, provoking or head strong?”, Jana Reddy expressed ire and anguish at KTR’s interference. He also said they are needless to stay in the House when the ruling party targets and creates hurdles.

Stating that no one can question Speaker’s discretionary powers, KTR said he did not criticize Jana Reddy personally and only cited a few examples of Congress regime. Jana Reddy requested the Speaker to inform the House on behalf of which party Ajay will speak on any issue. This prompted the minister to raise objection and took a dig at the Congress regime from 2004 to 2014.

“People elected us to power and I did not become a minister with the mercy of anyone,” KTR said, adding that the Congress was confined to opposition status with the same mandate. Vikramarka said the Speaker can give mike to anyone. But he sought to know why Ajay Kumar was given mike which was nothing but encouraging defections.

BJP seeks Speaker’s ruling on replies

BJLP leader G Kishen Reddy urged the Speaker to give a ruling that ministers give answers properly to the questions raised during Zero Hour. He alleged that the TRS ministers were not giving answers to the questions raised by the members in the last two-and-a-half years of TRS regime. He also alleged that it has become a habit for the ministers not to reply properly. The Speaker said he would look into the matter.

Jeevan demands Arunodaya seizure order withdrawn

Congress Legislature Party Deputy leader T Jeevan Reddy asked the State Government to withdraw the recent seizure order served on Arunakka’s Arunodaya Cultural Federation by the Telangana State police. Speaking during the Zero Hour in the Assembly, Jeevan Reddy said the Arunodaya Cultural Federation worked on par with any Telangana protagonist during the Telangana movement. He said even Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had praised the songs sung by Vimalakka and written by her husband Amar. But after the formation of the separate Telangana State, the Kamareddy police sealed Arunodaya Cultural Federation office in Hyderabad. Jeevan Reddy said the police didn’t find any banned literature or any arms in the office. The police sealed the office without issuing any warrant, he said. He also asked the State Government to withdraw the Vimalakka’s office seizure order. The government said it would send a written answer to Jeevan Reddy in this regard.

Dresses to school students in April from next year

Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari said the government would supply dresses to students on time from the next academic year. Replying to questions raised by Congress MLA Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and TDP member Sandra Venkata Veeraiah during the Zero Hour, Srihari said the government will send dresses to the schools in April for the coming academic year. The tenders will be called now itself for the coming academic year, he added.

Many workers on road with closure of factories

BJP MLA Ramachandra Reddy said in the Assembly that a large number of workers have lost their jobs following closure of many factories on the city outskirts. Appreciating the government’s efforts to bring and provide services of 24 departments at one place for clearing process for according licence for setting up factories, the BJP MLA wanted to know what measures the government has taken in establishing factories by BCs and minority people. He also wanted to know what measures the government has taken for development of Girijans. Ramachandra Reddy also suggested that the government set up a committee to go into the reasons for closure and re-opening of closed factories. -NSS

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