Police foil Telugu Desam ’s final bid

  • MLAs were prevented from entering Assembly
  • They were forced to stay out throughout session

HYDERABAD:  Even as the ousted Telugu Desam members on the last day of Assembly budget session tried to get into Telangana Assembly premises on Thursday, the security personnel prevented them from doing so. Subsequently the Telugu Desam members like Revanth Reddy, S Veeraiah and others got into an argument with the policemen stating that they have every right to enter the premises except the House due to suspension.

Despite heated argument and scuffle, marshals and security personnel did not allow them inside the Assembly. TD’s Telangana president L Ramana was also arrested at Gun Park at the same time. Later, the police took them into custody and shifted them to the NTR Trust Bhavan, the Telugu Desam headquarters. It may be noted that Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary had suspended the Telugu Desam members for the entire session for disrespecting the national anthem when it was played on the first day of session on March 7, when Governor ESL Narasimhan addressed the joint session of Assembly and Council.

In the meanwhile, they made every effort to seek Leader of Opposition K Jana Reddy’s help to revoke the suspension. Probably this is first time in the history that elected representatives of a party faced axe for the entire session for disrespecting the national anthem by standing on benches and throwing speech copies on Governor during his speech. Though Jana Reddy cried foul that the suspension is undemocratic, the treasury benches did not heed to the escalating demand to withdraw the suspension. Time and again, the TD members expressed anguish at the “dictatorial” rule of the government. As stated by Legislature Affairs Minister T Harish Rao, the officials reacted swiftly every time the TD members tried to thwart the proceedings. A couple of times, the ousted Telugu Desam members squatted at the Speaker Chamber in the Lobbies seeking withdrawal of their suspension. (NSS)

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