T Congress Whip Stages Walk Out In Protest

Hyderabad: SC, ST Sub-Plan Committee member and Congress Whip in Telangana Assembly Sampath Kumar on Monday staged a walkout for not being given an opportunity to speak on the Appropriation Bill.

Sampath Kumar said the party seniors had assured him that he would be given an opportunity to speak. But, though the session was coming to an end, he did not get an opportunity. Finding that his party was not supporting his demand, he staged a walkout.

Speaking at the CLP office later, Sampath criticised the senior members of the party for not backing him. He said the seniors remained silent on the issue.

He also said though the TRS was harassing the Congress members, the seniors remained silent. Even Komatireddy Venkata Reddy said the Congress could not attack the ruling TRS in the way it could.

Both Jana Reddy and Uttam Kumar Reddy said they would ensure that such things would not recur in the House. (NSS)

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Uttam Kumar Reddy unhappy Jana’s jibe

HYDERABAD: Congress Legislature Party leader K Jana Reddy invited criticism from within for advising his party MLA Sampath Kumar to tender an apology for disrupting the Governor’s address to the joint session of the Legislature on Saturday.

Telangana Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy is learnt to have expressed unhappiness at Mr. Jana Reddy for pressing Mr. Sampath Kumar to give an apology. Being the main opposition party, the Congress should have played a role in putting the ruling TRS in a fix, he is reported to have told the CLP leader.

The Opposition should not take a soft corner for the TRS and instead target the government on its failures. The CLP leader had taken the stand that whoever showed disrespect for the national anthem should apologise and Mr. Sampath was one of them. This comment led to discontent among the congress members who openly found fault with Jana Reddy. (NSS)

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