Headphones hurled in Telangana House, hurt chairman's eye

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The headphone hit Legislative Council Chairman Swamy Goud in the eye and he was taken to the Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital in Hyderabad immediately after the House was adjourned.

Given the fact that the State enters an election year, welfare schemes, especially those meant for the BCs, SCs, STs and minorities, are expected to get liberal allocations, while focus would be on government's flagship programmes.

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The 11 suspended congress MLAs are; Jana Reddy, Jeevan Reddy, Geetha Reddy, Chinna Reddy, Uttam Kumar Reddy, DK Aruna, Padmavathi, Ram Mohan Reddy, Vamsi Chand Reddy, Bhatti Vikramarka, and Madhav Reddy. "This is totally uncalled for by the opposition members".

Some MLAs also tore copies of the speech and flung it in the air in protest. He said that he was angry because all the Congress wanted was to protest peacefully and democratically, but the ruling party posted hundreds of marshals. He threw one headphone half way through the Governor's address, which hit the table and fell to the carpet. Reports state that Goud was sitting adjacent to the Governor while the latter addressed the joint sitting of the legislature. "They should be prepared for alcohol tests if they have the guts", he said, taking a dig at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

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Slamming the Congress, state Legislative Affairs Minister T Harish Rao alleged that the behaviour of the main opposition members amounted to an attack on the Governor.

The MLAs said that the government ignored farmers' and unemployment issues. Later in the day, other parties also condemned the incident at the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting of the legislature, he said. As Governor ESL Narasimha started his speech, Congress MLAs started shouting slogans against the government. Doctors have kept him under observation for 24 hours.

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