Hyderabad: Launching an all-out offensive against the Congress, the ruling TRS legislators defended the decision of the State Legislature to expel two Congress MLAs as well as suspension of 11 MLAs and six MLCs for the rest of the Budget session.
They felt that a stringent action was necessary to uphold the dignity and decency of the House. Else, it would send wrong signal about the House to the people.
Speaking at TRSLP office on Tuesday, Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy alleged that the attack on the Council Chairman K Swamy Goud was pre-planned and by own admission of Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, it was aimed at Governor ESL Narasimhan.
He alleged that Congress floor leader in Assembly K Jana Reddy did not stop his party members from committing the indecent act and hence, he was equally responsible for the attack. “Similarly, TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy was seen shaking hands with Venkat Reddy soon after the shameful incident. This is nothing short of political terrorism,” Jagadish Reddy said.
Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy also condemned the attack and suggested the Congress leaders to learn lessons from the incident. He pointed out that though TRS MPs were staging protest in the Parliament on reservation quota hike, they were doing it in a democratic manner and never resorted to violence unlike Congress law makers.
In a separate press conference, Government Whip in the Council Palla Rajeshwar Reddy said even as the ruling TRS was setting new standards in functioning of State Legislature, the Congress leaders who are weak in the subject were indulging in petty politics.
He demanded for criminal action against the expelled members. Government Chief Whip Paturi Sudhakar Reddy, Whips N Odelu and G Sunitha said the action was initiated by both the Houses following a discussion in the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) after examining the footage.
Legislators V Veersham, A Venkateshwar Reddy, Ramalinga Reddy, Chinta Prabhakar and Bhaskar Rao said the Congress leaders were in frustration over failure of their much-hyped ‘bus yatra’ and this compelled them to hatch a conspiracy to disrupt the Governor’s speech.
They pointed out that the Congress leaders who are now making a scene out of farmers’ issues, didn’t react when the then chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy refused to release even a single rupee to Telangana farmers on request from the then TRS MLA T Harish Rao. They stated that despite such a reply, Harish Rao did not indulge in violence and only showcased his protest by tearing away the speech copies.
Council Deputy Chairman Neti Vidyasagar observed that though the members have the right to protest and express their views, they cannot resort to physical attacks. Asserting that the House will not tolerate such behaviour, he urged the members of the Upper House to maintain decency.
Speaking to reporters later in the Council Lobbies, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao justified the stringent action against the Congress members by the Council stating that there was every need for stringent action against the sitting members for their unruly behaviour and similar action were taken earlier by the Assemblies of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh to maintain decorum of the House.
He pointed out that video footage clearly reflected their game plan to attack the Governor and create ruckus. He asserted that even those who encouraged such unruly behaviour should be held responsible.