KCR says sorry on behalf of minister

  • Jagdish, Chinna Reddy spat leads to ruckus
  • Repeated adjuournments amidst bedlam

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao profusely apologized on behalf of Minister of Power Jagdish Reddy to the Congress members in Telangana Assembly on Wednesday. KCR came to House after a number of adjournments following bedlam as a result of the Minister’s aggressive approach towards the opposition members.

Losing his cool over a snide remark made by a Congress member G Chinna Reddy during question hour, Minister G. Jagdish Reddy retorted with a caustic reply triggering off a ruckus leading to repeated adjournment of the House amidst pandemonium and noisy scenes.

As unrelenting Congress members staged a protest demonstration near the podium by chanting slogans for the dismissal of the Minister and disrupted proceedings, Speaker Madusudhana Chari, after vain attempts to bring order and normalcy, adjourned the House repeatedly.

Amidst the noisy drama enacted near the podium of the House, Jagdish Reddy tried to explain the sequence of events that led to his strong rebuttal and said that if the Congress member G. Chinna Reddy felt hurt he was prepared to withdraw his comments. However, at the same time he also wanted that the Congress member should reciprocate in the same manner.

However, with the Congress members insisting that the Minister express an unconditional apology, the treasury benches too stuck to their stand and held the Congress responsible  for derailing the business with a motive, resulting in  the proceedings in the House remaining  paralyzed for some time.

Earlier, replying to the main question of Congress member D.K. Aurna and others, the Minister for Power said that there was no proposal before the government for setting up Thermal Power Projects in Mahabunagar district. While replying to a supplementary question of the Congress member, the Minister said that power projects cannot be established wherever demanded as the government has to study the feasibility and other aspects before taking any decision.

While D.K. Aruna strongly objected to the reply of the Minister, another Congress member G Chinna Reddy quipped that as a first time-elected member who had become a minister, Jagdish Reddy, should learn the nuances of replying to members questions.

Stung by the caustic remark of the Congress member, Jagdish Reddy lost his cool and lashed out at Chinna Reddy in a rage with an unpalatable stinging comment. This triggered off a ruckus with the Congress and TRS members engaged in a war of words.  The Congress members stormed into the podium and loudly protested at the comments of the Minister. The Speaker after failing to set the House in order despite repeated appeals, adjourned abruptly for tea break.

When the House reassembled, there was no respite in the situation as the Congress members stood in the podium and raised slogans demanding dismissal of the Minister. The Minister for Legislative Affairs T. Harish Rao regretted that despite the explanation of the Minister for Power, the Congress members seemed to be bent upon disrupting the proceedings. He once again tried in vain to make the Congress members to cooperate and allow the proceedings to continue.

As the Congress members remained adamant and persisted in their slogan shouting, the Speaker went ahead to take up the listed business amidst continuing pandemonium.  With the slogan shouting by the Congress raised the noise level in the House and nothing could be audible, the Speaker again adjourned the House.

After the House reassembled, leaders from BJP, CPI and other Opposition expressed concern over the disruption of the proceedings and hoped that both the Congress and the TRS would not stand on prestige and help smooth conduct of the proceedings.

In the meantime, the Leader of the CLP K. Jana Reddy, who is also the Leader of the Opposition, came to the House even as his party members continued their protest. While appealing to the members from all sides to help maintain restraint and maintain the dignity and decorum of the august body, he appealed to the Speaker to adjourn the House so that the footage of the proceedings could be examined for taking necessary action. He wanted that the Chief Minister should also be present when the footage of the proceedings of the House would be examined.

Chief Minister tried to mollify the opposition by praising Chinna Reddy for his role in the movement for separate Telangana. He also acknowledged the support given by Janareddy, Leader of the Opposition, and complimented the members from both the sides for orderly business during the session.

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