Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Opposition parties have criticised Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy for giving “a laboured and irrelevant reply” to the debate on Obulapuram Mining Company issue in the Assembly and targeting the media which cannot defend itself in the House.

They also charged Speaker, K. R. Suresh Reddy with showing bias and adjourning the House for the day soon after Chief Minister’s reply, without giving them opportunity to even register their protest.

At a press conference, TRS floor leader, K. Vijayarama Rao said the Chief Minister’s reply had no relevance to the issues raised by the Opposition.

The treasury benches allowed the issue to drag on for hours together, to see that Telangana issues like GO 610 and GO 34 do not come up for discussion.

CPI floor leader, Chada Venkat Reddy, said it was wrong on the part of the Chief Minister to speak against TDP, when none of their MLAs were present to defend and respond.

The Government used its brute majority to suspend MLAs and then run the House on its terms with Chief Minister taking one and a half hour to respond to debate.

He wondered why private industrialists should be defended by the Government when the Chief Minister himself conceded that the value of iron ore has gone up from a mere Rs. 200 per tonne to Rs. 1600 during the last two years.

“It was also not proper for the Speaker for not allowing us even to protest”.

BJP floor leader, G. Kishen Reddy, said instead of responding to the issues raised by the Opposition, the Chief Minister attacked the media using improper language.