TRS members tear Governor's address copies

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Hyderabad, Feb 11 (UNI) Opposition Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) members today caused a flutter when they tore copies of Andhra Pradesh Governor N D Tiwari's address to the joint session of the state Legislature and flung it towards the latter.

As the Governor rose to deliver his address, highlighting the priorities of the government, the TRS members were on their feet, raising slogans demanding statehood for Telangana.

Soon, some TRS members stunned their fellow Legislators, tearing copies of the Governor's speech distributed to them and threw it towards the podium to register their protest.

Later, talking to reporters during a meet-the-press programme of the Press Club here, Assembly Speaker K R Suresh Reddy said the fact that they stood up was itself sufficient to register their protest.

The members' act of tearing the speech copies and throwing it at the Governor was ''condemnable'', he added.

People would not appreciate their ''unruly'' act, which was not good for the cause which they wanted to highlight, he opined.

The TRS also showed pictures of Congress President Sonia Gandhi adorning TRS pink shawls on the eve of the last Lok Sabha and Assembly elections to remind the ruling Congress of its promise to fulfill the aspirations of the Telangana people for a separate state.

Raising slogans against the ruling Congress, the TRS members left the House after some time in a huff.

TDP members also frequently disrupted the Governor's speech, demanding immediate withdrawal of the Babli irrigation project by the Vilasrao Deshmukh government in Maharashtra and alleging irregularities in the implementation of Jalayangam irrigation project and other government welfare schemes and developmental programmes, including Rajiv Arogyasri and INDIRAMMA.

Earlier, the TRS members also boycotted the customary breakfast meeting, hosted by the Assembly Speaker and Council Chairman K R Chakrapani, for the floor leaders of various parties.

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