"Dissent is the duty of democracy. I acknowledge that. But that dissent shouldn't be baseless," KCR said.

KCR warns of a prove or perish law to go after dissenters making baseless charges against him
news Politics Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 07:48

The Telangana government has reportedly decided to introduce a new law, against those who level 'baseless' charges against the ruling party.

Speaking in the Assembly on Saturday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that the state would introduce a 'prove or perish' law. 

"Dissent is the duty of democracy. I acknowledge that. But that dissent shouldn't be baseless. Anyone who makes allegations should prove it. If there is no evidence, then we will take strong action against them," he said.

KCR also criticised the Opposition parties for protesting during the Governor's speech and staging a walkout.

Reacting to charges by the Congress and TDP of making the Governor 'lying' to the people, an angry KCR remarked, "If anyone can prove that a single word or sentence is a lie, I will quit my post in five minutes.”

On Saturday, the Telangana Assembly witnessed high drama after two legislators of the opposition TDP were suspended.

Revanth Reddy and S Venkat Veraiah of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) would remain suspended from the house for the rest of the budget session, Speaker Madhusudhana Chary announced.

During Governor ESL Narasimhan's address to the joint session of both the Houses of the state legislature on Friday, the opposition legislators had raised slogans.

The TDP members alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government made the Governor speak lies about the state's development.

The Speaker said disciplinary action was taken against the two members for disrupting the Governor's address.

Protesting the Speaker's action, main opposition the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a walkout.

The opposition parties later held a meeting with the Leader of Opposition K Jana Reddy to chalk out their action plan.

Meanwhile, TRS defended the decision taken by the Speaker.

TRS leaders demanded that TDP legislators should apologise to the house for their behaviour. They said opposition should change their attitude.

 

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