TRS and TDP blame each other for Assembly turmoil

HYDERABAD:  Miffed by the unruly behavior of members leading to disruption of Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan’s address to the joint session of the Telangana legislature on Saturday, the ruling TRS is mulling action against some TDP and Congress members.

Their primary targets are TDP’s deputy leader Revanth Reddy and Congress member Sampath. The ruling party is reportedly planning to suspend both of them for showing disrespect to the national anthem which was played before the Governor began his speech besides tearing speech copies into pieces and throwing them at Mr. Narasimhan.

The turmoil was triggered when the Congress and the TDP, in an unprecedented display of floor coordination, disrupted the Governor’s speech and staged a protest in the well of the House while he was reading his address. This led to fisticuffs with the ruling party members who also rushed into the well.

Both Mr. Reddy and Mr. Sampath are proposed to be suspended till the end of the session. They will be spared only if they tender an apology. However, the TDP is no mood to oblige and is prepared to disrupt the House again to protest against the attacks on its MLAs and to seek dismissal of minister T Srinivas Yadav or acceptance of resignation as TD MLA.

Heated exchanges at BAC meeting

Floor leaders of political parties, at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting, tried to corner the Treasury Benches for attacking Telugu Desam members during the Governor’s speech. The MIM joined the ruling party in seeking action against Mr. Revanth Reddy and Mr. Sampath.

After the meeting, TDP floor leader Errabelli Dayakar Rao said he demanded action against Mr. Srinivas Yadav, who defected to the TRS while being TDP MLA, and urged the Speaker to continue the practice of allowing the members to introduce adjournment motions before commencement of the House.

On the melee in the House, he said that the TD has no problem if the footage is disclosed in an all-party meeting. Finding fault with the members of the treasury benches for attacking the TD leaders, he said the TD will stall proceedings.

Revanth calls it a black day

Terming it as day as black day for democracy, Mr. Revanth Reddy demanded immediate action against Mr. Talsani Srinivas Yadav as per provisions of the anti-defection law. He also wanted suspension of marshals for their alleged misbehavior and urged the Speaker to make public the video of the incident.

Meanwhile, the TDP has written to the Speaker urging that Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Dharma Reddy and Sridhar Krishna Reddy, who had defected to the TRS, be made to sit with the TDP members in the House. They also asked him to recommend to the Governor to dismiss Mr. Srinivas Yadav.

The TRS defended the defections and accused the TDP of practicing double standards. IT  Minister K.T. Rama Rao accused Mr. Chandrababu Naidu of provoking his partymen to storm the podium. He said the TDP members should have had the common sense not to show disrespect to the national anthem. As for the defections, he said the High Court was looking into the issue and the law would take its own course.

The TRS Government, he said, was focusing on the welfare and development. “We will take action against the leaders coming in the way, he said. He accused Mr. Naidu of adopting a two-pronged strategy of provoking the people and the leaders besides hatching conspiracies against the TRS Government.

Minister Jupally Krishna Rao said Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu had admitted into the party fold leaders like S. P. Y. Reddy, Jupudi Prabhakar, K. Geetha, Chaitanya Raju, R Padma Raju and others who belonged to other parties.

Two party legislators Karne Prabhakar and Rasamayi Balakishan said TDP members had committed treason by showing disrespect to the national anthem being played in the Assembly on the first day of the budget session.

Meanwhile, deputy CLP leader in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir described the Governor’s address as a  ‘school essay’ that was vague and appeared to have been drafted in a hurry. “There is no clarity on government’s achievements or goals. Being a learned man himself, the Governor should have asked the government to revise the speech which did not appear like a policy document,” he said.

Congress MLA D K Aruna alleged that TRS members attacked the Opposition MLAs in the presence of the Governor. The TRS, which came to power with the slogan of Bangaru Telangana was not bothering to address the problems of the people. It was intimidating Opposition members.

BJP floor leader K Lakshman termed the attacks as against all democratic norms and the time-tested traditions of the Assembly.  He said TRS members behaved like musclemen. (NSS)

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