ANDHRA PRADESH

TRS members walk out of ZP meet



Staff Reporter

Demand resignation of civic chief

TRS ZPTC members seek his statement on switching over loyalties Later, they stage a protest demonstration at the entrance of the ZP Office

NIZAMABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samithi members on Saturday staged a walk out from the Zilla Parishad general body meeting protesting against ZP Chairman Ganta Sadanandam's continuation even after he joined the Congress. Mr. Sadanandam recently resigned from the TRS.

Terming it as an act of betrayal to the cause of separate statehood for Telangana, they said he had no moral right to continue and should step down immediately. He was elected under the banner of the TRS and hence should have been loyal to the party till his term comes to an end, they felt.

As soon as the meeting began this morning, Mr. Sadanandam called P. Ravinder, Project Director, Neeru Meeru (District Water Management Agency), to submit to members details of work proposals regarding the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guaranty Scheme (NREGS).

TRS ZPTC members - P. Kisan Rao, Dasarath Reddy, Nagabhushanam, D. Mallaiah and K. Baskhar, however, taking strong exception to the Chairman's orders, sought his statement on his switching over loyalties .

They held placards inscribed with slogans of "Telangana Drohulu Rajeenama Cheyali".

When the Chairman, who silently listened to their demand for a while told them in no uncertain terms that they had no right to ask his resignation, the TRS members announced that they were walking out .

At this stage, Mr. Sadanandam said he would make statement on his defection in the afternoon.

Notwithstanding, the 11 TRS members including five female members staged a walk out. .

Stage protest

The TRS members later staged a protest demonstration by sitting on the floor at the entrance of the ZP Office demanding his resignation. They shouted slogans against the Chairman and his supporters.

After a few minutes when the Collector, D.V. Raidu arrived at the ZP, they re-entered the meeting and participated actively in the discussion held on the NREGS and other subjects. ZP Chief Executive Officer A. Satyanarayana and other senior officers attended.