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Cong in overdrive on public issues

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The Congress party seems to be on the offensive. The party, which has of late been attacking the government on various issues, including charges of concocting figures in the budget estimates, on Friday turned its ire against Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary for not allowing any adjournment motion.

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Hyderabad: The Congress party seems to be on the offensive. The party, which has of late been attacking the government on various issues, including charges of concocting figures in the budget estimates, on Friday turned its ire against Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary for not allowing any adjournment motion. It alleged that he was not even permitting discussion on those issues under some other form and staged a walkout.

The Leader of Opposition, K Jana Reddy, had given an adjournment motion over the delay in recruitment by the Telangana State Public Service Commission, but it was disallowed. A dismayed Jana Reddy said it was wrong to disallow all the adjournment motions. He said the government should stop avoiding debates. If adjournment motion could not be accepted, it should be converted into a discussion in some other form. In this case, the issue pertained to the interests of lakhs of youth who had been waiting desperately for government recruitment drive.

Finance Minister Eatala Rajender accused Jana Reddy of wrongly blaming the TRS government. He said it was the Congress government which avoided debates in the House for the last 10 years. He said if the Congress party was serious, then it should seek discussion in another form. He said the government would soon begin the recruitment process.

The minister's reply apparently angered Jana Reddy further and he warned the government not to take Congress party's cooperation as its weakness. He pointed out the Congress party had been cooperating with the TRS government as it was new and inexperienced in governance. However, his party would not remain silent if the government failed to provide jobs to unemployed youth.

Later, Jana Reddy announced that his party MLAs was staging a walkout in protest against the government’s indifference. This sudden change in the Congress attitude appears to be on account of the dressing down given by the AICC to the State leaders for failing to take on the TRS government. It may be recalled that the AICC had removed Ponnala Lakshmaiah and replaced N Uttam Kumar Reddy as the new PCC chief.

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