Cong MLA flings headphone in Telangana Assembly, injures council head's eye

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The MLAs flung papers and microphones in the air while shouting slogans against the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi government.

The headphones struck TRS Legislative Council Chairperson Swamy Goud in the eye.

His cornea was reportedly damaged, and will be under observation till Tuesday. And then some of the members tore up the Governor's speech copy and flung the pieces towards the podium.

Irrigation and Legislative affairs minister T Harish Rao announced that action would be proposed on Venkat Reddy as per the rules of the Assembly.

According to assembly sources, apart from suspension for an year, a criminal case might also be filed against Venkat Reddy for causing injuries to Swamy Goud.

As soon as Governor ESL Narasimhan started his speech, the leaders of the opposition jumped in and started protesting against the government, alleging that it ignored farmer and unemployment issues. "They came to the House planned to create disturbances". However, Swamy Goud managed to bear the pain until the completion of Governor's speech.

TRS MLC Karne Prabhaker and Mahbubnagar MLA Srinivas Goud condemned the behaviour of the Congress MLAs and MLCs. "We will initiate action as per the law of the House", said Rao.

"Though democracy allows everyone to protest, such acts of violence are unfair, uncalled for", said Swamy Goud.

TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who addressed party MLAs on Sunday, had hinted at stern action against opposition members if they tried to disrupt the governor's address.

The governor, in his address, said Telangana, the youngest state of the Indian Union, had become a role model for the entire country. The state has won several laurels in the country and the world for its pro-poor initiatives, such as Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhagiratha, round-the-clock free power supply to agriculture and other developmental programmes.