Hyderabad, Feb.18 (NSS): As many as 18 members, including 15 belonging to the ruling Congress, who are known loyalists of former Kadapa MP, Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, created a stir in the State Assembly on Friday by joining the protest chorus of Opposition parties demanding fee reimbursement and scholarships to students belonging to Backward Classes and weaker sections.
Among the 15 Congress members belonging to the Jagan camp were three former ministers Mr P. Subashchandra Bose, Mr Balineni Srinivas Reddy and Mr Ramachandra Reddy. The three other legislators were PRP members — Ms Shobha Nagi Reddy and Mr K. Ramireddy and TDP rebel member, Mr N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy.
The Jagan supporters seemed to have timed their plan to take on the Kiran Kumar government by making their presence felt in the House to coincide with the seven-day deeksha launched by the former Kadapa MP at the Indira Park on the fee reimbursement issue.
When the House reassembled after a brief adjournment, the TDP members surrounded the Speaker’s podium holding posters and chanted slogans demanding fee reimbursement while the TDP members raised full-throated cries for introduction of a Bill in Parliament for a separate Telangana State. The Jagan loyalists sprang a surprise by suddenly standing up holding colored posters having the picture late YSR and espoused the cause of the students’ plight for non-reimbursement of fees. Displaying the posters promptly, they also raised slogans joining the chorus of the TDP members on the issue.
The action of the Jagan supporters within the ruling Congress has caught the treasury benches unawares much to the glee of the Opposition members. Rattled by the unexpected development, the Congress seemed to have decided to embark on damage control mode as the Government Chief Whip, Mr Bhatti Vikramarka was seen rushing to the members. However, the Deputy Speaker seemed to have come to the rescue of the treasury benches by abruptly adjourning the House as noisy scenes persisted.
The Government Whip was seen advising the Jagan supporters not to put the government in the dock. He spoke to the Secunderabad MLA, Ms Jayasudha and passed on a message to meet the Chief Minister in his chambers. She was seen reluctantly leaving the House and what transpired between her and the Chief Minister is not known. (NSS)