The Telangana issue resurfaced with a big bang on Thursday with pro-Telangana legislators heckling the state governor ESL Narasimhan, assaulting two legislators belonging to Congress and Lok Satta party and launching a non-cooperation movement across the region.
Working to a calculated plan, the Telangana legislators uprooted the governor`s mike, pulled down his chair, tore up copies of his speech and threw the same at him, forcing him to end the speech in fifteen minutes, in the process skipping many of the 40 pages he was supposed to read.
He was addressing the joint session of the legislature on the opening day of the Budget session. Outside the Assembly, the pro-Telangana legislators and their supporters beat up two legislators belonging to the Lok Satta party and the Congress.
Bureaucrat turned activist turned MLA Jaya Prakash Narayan of Lok Satta was hit on his head by a Telangana activist barely after he had spoken to media, condemning the disruption of governors speech. Terming it a violation of constitution, he said that if the situation continued like this, then President's rule should be imposed in the state.
Congress legislator P Venkat Rao, who also protested the disruption of governor`s address was reportedly pushed and shoved by TRS activists.
Both the legislators are against Telangana.
Narayana, who suffered minor injuries, was treated by the Assembly doctors.
Meanwhile, various parties and outfits supporting statehood launched a non-cooperation movement against the government demanding that a bill be brought in the forthcoming Parliament session to carve out Telangana state.
Telangana Joint Action Committee(TJAC) sources claimed that work in various government offices across Telangana was affected as over 300,000 employees struck work, expressing solidarity.
The TJAc has asked the employees to attend offices but not to work and not to take orders from their superiors hailing from the other two regions, Andhra and Rayalaseema. The TJAC has also appealed to the people to travel free in buses and not pay taxes during the non-cooperation movement.
TRS Chief K Chandra Sekhar Rao`s son and MLA K Tarakarama Rao formally launched the movement not to pay bus fares by travelling free in a RTC bus from Khairatabad to the state assembly building along with other TRS leaders.”The people of Telangana want immediate steps for separate Telangana state and this movement will force the government,” Rao said.
The ticketless travel movement, however did not go well elsewhere. Police arrested hundreds of activists for travelling ticketless in Telangana districts.
The chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy condemned the heckling of governor as ‘a black day’ in the legislature`s history. He drove to the Raj Bhavan and apologized to the governor for the incident.
The chief minister also condemned attack on Lok Satta chief Jaiprakash Narayan. "In a democracy everybody has a right and freedom to express his opinion," said Kiran Kumar and added that Deputy Speaker Nandendla Manohar would take appropriate action after a detailed review and would also take steps to prevent such incidents in future.