Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Monday mounted a scathing attack on Congress party over the behaviour of its party legislators in the Legislative Assembly.
Leaving no one in doubt about how the opposition legislators acted during the Governor’s address, Legislative Affairs Minister T Harish Rao called the Congress a party that practises anarchy. “It was not the Council Chairman K Swamy Goud who suffered an injury at the hands of Congress members. It was a blow to democracy itself,” Harish Rao told a news conference.
“They targeted the Governor by throwing mikes, headphones, pens and eyeglasses. We strongly condemn this disgusting and abominable behaviour of the Congress members. We demand that strong action be taken by the Speaker against all those who attacked the Governor,” Harish Rao said.
Calling it “a painful experience to have witnessed Monday’s events” in the Assembly, Harish Rao said it was a shameful demonstration of impatience by the Congress. He said some television channels reported Congress MLA Komatireddy Venkatreddy saying that the target of the headphones he threw was the Governor but instead it hit Swamy Goud.
The Congress, he said, was unable to digest the fact that Telangana was receiving nation-wide praise for its governance and it was as a result of this inability to appreciate development of the state that the Congress was exhibiting its true colours.
Harish Rao was accompanied by government chief whip Paturi Sudhakar Reddy, whips Palla Rajeshwar Reddy and B Venkateswarulu, MLC Karne Prabhakar and MLA Marri Janardhan Reddy.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was working hard to ensure that the State Legislature emerges as a model to be followed in the country. If the Congress wanted to bring any issue to the notice of the House, there were several opportunities for it to do so, especially since the government was willing to listen to the opposition in detail for as many days as the opposition parties wanted, he added.
Reacting to allegations that TRS members too resorted to slogan shouting and protests in the past, Harish Rao said there was no other way in undivided Andhra Pradesh to bring to the notice of the then government the plight of the people of Telangana.
“There is a difference between patriotism and treason. When Bhagat Singh attacked the Parliament under the British rule, it was an act of patriotism. When we protested during the movement for Telangana, it was an act of patriotism. What Congress did today was equivalent to terrorism,” Harish Rao said.
Several others TRS legislators and Ministers Jogu Ramanna, Talasani Srinivas Yadav also condemned the Congress actions on Monday.
“What the Congress did on Monday was cheap, crass and cultureless. My request to the party members is that they should learn to behave, especially in the youngest State of India and ensure that they give the right message to the people across who are watching. What the Congress members have done is utterly shameful for themselves and for democracy. There are limits to a protest. Legislature is not a place to resort to cheap, crass and cultureless tactics. Instead of breaking microphones and furniture which is ridiculous, they could have stayed back and debated instead. The people will teach them a befitting lesson,” said IT Minister KT Rama Rao.