Several Telugu Desam MLAs and MLCs who staged eight-hour-long ‘dharna’ in the ‘C’ Block building of the Secretariat housing Chief Minister’s Office, were forcibly removed and arrested by the police on Monday midnight.

Police teams swung into action after driving away media persons from the Secretariat premises. They then started shifting the legislators out of the building while the latter kept resisting. In the melee, senior MLA Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu fell down, while a few others received bruises. The legislators were forced into police vans and brought out through the old entrance on Saifabad side.

The TD legislators were protesting against power cuts and the “negligent attitude” of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy towards the issue.

Their dramatic action began at 4 p.m. when they met the Chief Minister and presented a memorandum demanding seven- hour uninterrupted power supply to the farm sector as promised by Congress government. Mr. Reddy gave them a patient hearing and explained to them the difficulties faced by the State in maintaining the regular power supply, mainly owing to shortage of gas and poor hydel generation.

But the legislators remained dissatisfied and insisted that he list out steps and give an immediate assurance on ensuring seven-hour supply to the agriculture sector.

TDP legislators alleged that the Chief Minister left the place in a huff even as they wanted to discuss the issue with him.

Squat in corridor

They shouted slogans against him and squatted in the corridor before shifting to the conference room attached to the Chief Minister’s chambers. With the MLAs showing no signs of leaving the ‘C’ Block building, police forces were rushed in full strength. A security cordon was thrown around the building and no one was allowed to go inside. Around 9 p.m. most of the lights were switched off barring the floor where they were camping.