Chandrababu upset over MLAs` unruly behaviour
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 20:51
Hyderabad: The unruly behaviour by a couple of his party MLAs from Telangana during Governor E S L Narasimhan's address to the joint session of Andhra Pradesh Legislature has left TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu not only shocked but also extremely embarrassed.

So much so that Chandrababu left the House within minutes after it was adjourned for the day. He did not even attend the Assembly Business Advisory Committee meeting scheduled at 12.30 pm.

Contrary to the promise made by the Telangana TDP Forum, A Revanth Reddy and Mahender Reddy rushed to the podium from behind and pulled down the chairs even as the governor was delivering his customary address.

In fact, Revanth Reddy surged towards Narasimhan and tried to pull him aside even as the governor's personal security staff prevented him. Telangana TDP Forum convenor Nagam Janardhana Reddy was also present close to the podium when the incident occurred.

At the Telugu Desam Legislature Party meeting yesterday, the Telangana legislators told their party chief that they would "disrupt" the governor's address on the statehood issue.

At the same time, party legislators from Andhra- Rayalaseema regions wanted to raise protest over the fee reimbursement issue.

Later, the Telangana legislators changed their strategy and informed Chandrababu that they would "boycott" the governor's address.

The TDP chief reportedly gave his nod to this. In the morning, an hour before the Budget session began, the Telangana TDP MLAs staged a protest at Gun Park outside the Assembly building and extended their support to the non-cooperation movement launched by Telangana employees.

Inside the Legislature, the TRS MLAs raised slogans "Governor go back" as soon as Narasimhan entered the House.

They tore the governor's speech copies and flung the pieces at him.

As if to steal a march over their TRS colleagues, TDP MLAs Revanth and Mahender Reddy quietly stormed the podium from behind and created a big scene.

Interestingly, Revanth and Mahender were never known to be vocal supporters of a separate state though they too endorse the demand. Their uncalled for act left Chandrababu, who was sitting in the front row, shocked while other TDP members too were left dumbfounded.

TDP sources said an upset Chandrababu gave an earful to the two unruly MLAs and sought an explanation over their action. Chandrababu also reportedly sought an explanation from Nagam Janardhana Reddy on the issue.


First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 20:51

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