Ruckus in Telangana house; council chairman injured as Cong MLA throws headphone

The suspended members also included Leader of the Opposition K Jana Reddy

The suspended members also included Leader of the Opposition K Jana Reddy

The Budget Session of the Telangana Legislature on Monday commenced on a stormy note with the main opposition Congress members storming towards the podium and raising slogans even as Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan was addressing the joint sitting of both the Assembly and the Council. It missed the governor and hit Goud on his face, causing bleeding just below his right eye.

Talking to reporters, state Congress president and MLA N Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that the government deployed about 50 "police" personnel inside the House though there were only 12-13 Congress MLAs. "This is totally uncalled for by the opposition members". Some members tore the governor's speech copy and flung these towards the podium. The Governor continued his 25-minute address amid protests by the Congress members. He threw one headphone half way through the Governor's address, which hit the table and fell to the carpet. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has recently favoured forging a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative at the Centre and the help from NDA government at the Centre for state development is also expected to come up for debate.

Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan has said that the state government is striving hard to achieve "Bangaru Telangana" by taking up developmental and welfare programmes.

Comparing the protests staged by the TRS members in the then united AP Assembly to that of legendary freedom fighter Bhagath Singh, who revolted against the British, Legislative Affairs Minister T Harish Rao said Congress members, in order to cover up the "barbaric act" of their colleague, were trying to draw parallels between the two acts. The meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the Legislature will follow to finalise the agenda and the number of days the Legislature would be in session. "About 23 lakh pumpsets are getting free power for 24 hours day", he said. The Speaker had been urged to hand out a very tough punishment by going through the video footage and other details of the incident, Rao said.

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