Staff Reporter

Doctors called in to check health of a few members

HYDERABAD: For the second consecutive day on Friday, opposition parties raised a furore, this time in the Legislative Council, over the issue of diversion of funds meant for welfare of ‘dalits and girijans'.

Tempers ran high among Congress and TDP members forcing Chairman A. Chakrapani to adjourn the House.

A team of doctors was summoned during the adjournment to check the health condition of a few members, particularly Leader of Opposition D. Veerabhadra Rao (TDP) who was seen in a highly agitated state.

It started with a question by Puvvada Nageswara Rao, Jalli Wilson (both CPI) and P. Subba Reddy (Independent). Mr. Veerabhadra Rao sought to know the details of funds allocated and the amount utilised actually. Another supplementary was posed by K.L. Durgesh Prasad (Congress) on how the funds were spent.

Objection

When Social Welfare Minister P. Subhash Chandra Bose started replying to the query of Mr. Durgesh Prasad first, TDP members objected alleging that the ruling party was intentionally avoiding issues raised by them. A remark by Mr. Veerabhadra Rao that there appeared to be ‘match-fixing' between ruling party members and Ministers had the Congress members on their feet.

This resulted in several Congress members led by Whip Y. Sivarami Reddy shouting at TDP members seeking to know how the funds were spent during 2000-04.

Agitated over the Congress reaction TDP members led by Mr. Veerabhadra Rao rushed to the podium requesting the Chairman to come to their rescue.

As the heated exchanges ensued, the two sides stopped short of coming to blows, after moving aggressively towards each other.

When the House was reconvened the TDP members again gathered in the well raising slogans like “protect our rights”. The Chairman immediately adjourned the House.