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‘Tainted’ ministers, Telangana employees issues rock assembly

The return of Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLAs to the House, activism of usually silent MIM MLAs and the main opposition Telugu Desam Party’s insistence on dismissal of ‘tainted’ ministers paralysed the functioning of State Legislative Assembly on Monday. As soon as the House met on Monday, the TRS members gave an adjournment seeking discussion on non-implementation of promises that the State Government has made with Telangana employees to end the general strike. CPI MLA G Mallesh, CPM’s J Ranga Reddy, BJP’s E Lakshmi Narayana and TDP’s Uma Madhava Reddy too gave adjournment motions on different issues. However, Speaker Nadendla Manohar rejected all the motions.

Meanwhile, the TDP members rushed to the Speaker’s podium raising slogans demanding dismissal of ministers who have been served notices by the Supreme Court in connection with disproportionate assets case of Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Following uproar in the House, the Speaker adjourned the House for half-an-hour. However, when the House met again at about 11.08 am, the TRS members surrounded the Speaker’s podium over the issue of non-implementation of promises made with Telangana employees. The TDP members too raised slogans from their seats over the ‘tainted’ ministers issue. MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi raised objection over the frequent adjournment of the House and said that instead of 15 minutes or half-an-hour, the House was being adjourned for two hours. Intervening on the issue, Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu accused the opposition parties of wasting the precious time of the House. He said several important issues including the energy situation and problems of farmers could not be discussed in the House due to the non-cooperation of opposition parties. Countering his claim, TDP MLA P Keshava said that all parties were in favour of having discussions on public issues. However, the government’s reluctance to discuss the issue of ‘tainted’ ministers and controversial GOs have been leading to disruption of proceedings of the State Legislative Assembly.

Later, Deputy Speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka agreed for holding discussions on ‘tainted’ ministers’ issue and allotted 15 minutes for the TDP and five minutes each for TRS, CPI, CPM and MIM. However, TRS floor leader Etela Rajender insisted that the House first discuss the issue of Telangana employees. He accused the government of going back on the promise of withdrawing cases registered against the students who participated in the Telangana statehood agitation. Intervening on the issue, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said that the promises made with Telangana employees could not be fulfilled due to legal hurdles. However, he said the government has got some legal clearances on March 15 and the relevant files were under process. However, opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu said that if the Chief Minister wants, all promises could be fulfilled in just one day. Expressing doubts over the seriousness of the government, he demanded that the government resolve the issue in a time-bound manner. Responding to Naidu’s demand, the Chief Minister assured that all cases against the Telangana students would be withdrawn soon. Meanwhile, MIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi raised objection over the silence adopted by all parties with regard to the cases booked against the Muslim youth.

He said while all parties have been speaking about the cases against Telangana students, all parties have remained mute spectators to the harassment being faced by the Muslim youth for the crimes that they never committed. He alleged the police have been opening history sheets of Muslim youth only on suspicion. He said despite the assurance given by the Chief Minister in the House about an year ago, no cases have been withdrawn against the youth. Responding to the allegations, Home Minister P Sabitha Indira Reddy said that the issue would be resolved soon and a meeting in this regard has already been convened on the issue. BJP’s G Kishan Reddy said that the several Hindu and Muslims were being victimised by the City Police in connection with communal cases registered against them.

The left parties too demanded that the government resolve the issue immediately. Legislative Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu then assured the House that the issue would be resolved soon. Later, Chandrababu Naidu initiated the debate on ‘tainted’ ministers issue and alleged that they were involved in a scam of over Rs one lakh crore. However, before he could complete his speech, Akbaruddin Owaisi intervened and demanded that several scams have surfaced in the State and the House should have a detailed discussion on the all the issues. His remarks led to the furore in the House which consequently led the Deputy Speaker to adjourn the House for the day. (INN)

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