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UNRELENTING:TRS members near the dais at the
WARANGAL: The last general body meeting of the Zilla Parishad ended in utter chaos and confusion without transacting any business amidst slogan shouting on separate Telangana issue.
Soon after the meeting began, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) members -- N. Venkateswarlu, M. Ravinder Rao, Harinath Singh, and M. Bhikshapathi -- accused the officials of failing to make arrangements to pay tributes to Telangana ideologue K. Jayashankar, who died recently. They wanted a photograph to be brought and that IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah and others garland it. They also wanted the meeting to pass a resolution to put up Jayashankar's photograph in the ZP hall permanently.
Zilla Parishad chairperson L. Dhanvanthi said if the members wished, it would be done after the approval from the State government.
When the TRS members began speaking on separate Telangana issue, the Congress and the TDP members objected and wanted the meeting to take up items listed on the agenda. However, the TRS members were unrelenting and created a commotion. They rushed to the dais and shouted at the Minister, ZP chief and Collector.
Ms. Dhanvanthi was forced to adjourn the meeting for 15 meetings. When it resumed, Mr. Ponnala Lakshmaiah did not turn up. The TRS members continued the din and sought the resignations of both the Congress and the TDP MLAs in support of separate Telangana.
‘Sec 144 clamped'
Later, at a press conference, the TRS members said the police clamped Section 144 around the Zilla Parishad to prevent separate Telangana activists from entering it to stage a protest.
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