The RTA headquarters in Hyderabad's Khairatabad area was brought a complete standstill for close to two hours on Tuesday, when two legislators from the TRS and TDP got into a spat.
Supporters of both TRS MLA Srinivas Goud from Telangana and TDP MLA JC Prabhakar Reddy from Andhra engaged in a verbal war of words and sloganeering until the police was brought in to control the situation.
According to reports, the issue began three days ago at the media point in the Assembly. Goud, who belongs to a Telangana transport employees union alleged that Reddy was operating more number of buses than he had permits for, as the latter co-owns Diwakar Travels.
The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation was reportedly incurring losses worth Rs 1 crore every day due to illicit operations by private operators, which prompted Goud to make the allegations.
Hitting back, Reddy denied all the allegations and stated that he had valid permissions for all his buses, and also charged Goud of making such statements on behalf of another private operator.
Reddy also challenged Goud to a debate.
Goud and his supporters seemingly accepted the challenge, and landed at the RTA on Tuesday morning to stage a dharna.
Within an hour, Reddy arrived with his supporters.
He was soon whisked away by the police, who managed to control the situation and allow the office to resume its duties.