The District Zilla Parishad meeting witnessed unprecedented scenes when TRS MLA from Achampet Guvvala Balaraju slapped Makthal MLA Ch Rammohan Reddy after heated arguments on Friday afternoon.
The scene took place in the presence of two Ministers Jupally Krishna Rao and Laxma Reddy, other MLAs from the district and senior officials. The problem started when the TDP MLA from Narayanapet Rajender Reddy tried to speak at the meeting. At this juncture, Jupally Krishna Rao alleged that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu addressed a letter to the Centre opposing the Palamuru Lift Irrigation Scheme, and the TRS ZPTC and MPTC members demanded the TDP MLA to first ensure that the letter was withdrawn by Chandrababu.
In the mean time, the Congress MLAs led by Rammohan Reddy rushed to the podium and protested that they be given a chance to speak. The TRS MLA Balaraju also rushed to the podium and entered into an argument with the Congress MLA and others. Amid heated arguments, Balaraju slapped Rammohan Reddy leading to tense moments. Later, Balaraju squatted in front of the ZP Chairperson’s podium alleging that he was abused by the Congress MLA. He demanded that the police register prevention of SC/ST Atrocities case against Rammohan Reddy.
Congress MLAs and other ZPTC and MPCC Chiefs staged a walkout and blocked the vehicular traffic in front of the ZP meeting hall.
Jana Demands action against Balaraju
In Hyderabad, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader K Jana Reddy condemned the incident and alleged that the TRS MLA attacked Congress MLA with the arrogance of being in ruling party. He demanded the Chief Minister to initiate action against Balaraju by examining the video records of news channels. He said that it was unbecoming of the TRS leaders to behave in highly objectionable manner.
TPCC Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy has given a bandh call in Mahabubnagar district on September 5 condemning the manhandling on Congress MLA Ch Rammohan Reddy in ZP meeting.
TPCC Working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka condemned the attack on Rammohan Reddy and asked the concerned authorities to take action against the responsible for the incident. (NSS)