Telugu Desam MLA from Kodangal A. Revanth Reddy was taken into preventive custody when he staged a dharna in Kodangal town of Mahbubnagar District, expressing his protest at the way he was not invited for an official programme though he was the sitting MLA.
Industries Minister Jupally Krishna Rao had come to Kodangal to inaugurate an Agricultural Market Yard godown and waited for an hour, asking officials to invite Mr. Reddy. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Narayanpet) Srinivas Reddy personally met Mr. Reddy and asked him to come for the function saying that the Minister was actually waiting for him.
However, the opposition MLA refused to take the invite, saying it amounted to a ‘breach of protocol’, apart from being a personal insult to a sitting MLA.
Mr. Reddy and his supporters shouted slogans at two places in Kodangal before finally landing at the venue of the function. After about 40 minutes, police took him into preventive custody and lodged him at Daulatabad police station, 20 km away. On receipt of this news, TDP MLA from Narayanpet, S.R. Reddy and other district party leaders including several former MLAs turned in front of the police station and staged a dharna.
When an official told Mr. Revanth Reddy that they did not know his whereabouts, the MLA is said to have quipped sarcastically that the whole world knew about the Court order asking him not to stir out of the geographical borders of Kodangal Assembly constituency, because he was an accused in the ‘Cash-for-Vote’ case.