Telangana: In a shocking incident during a televised debate for the upcoming state Assembly polls in Telangana, Vivekananda Goud, an MLA from the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) representing Quthbullapur, engaged in a physical altercation with Kuna Srisailam Goud, the BJP candidate for the same seat. The confrontation, captured on camera, showed Vivekananda lunging at his opponent and grabbing his neck, prompting police and bystanders to intervene.
The video footage also revealed supporters from both sides breaking through barricades and hurling chairs in the midst of the chaos. State BJP president and Union Minister G Kishan Reddy took to social media, sharing the video and condemning the incident as a display of “goondaism,” cautioning the people of Telangana about the potential consequences if BRS returns to power in the state.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗕𝗥𝗦 – 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗺
BJP MLA candidate from Quthuballapur @KunaSrisailam attacked by BRS sitting MLA.
It’s shocking when a contesting opposition candidate is attacked and scuffled in open public, imagine if BRS returns to power even common… pic.twitter.com/h4kj3m9ydw
— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) October 25, 2023
Reddy alleged that the BRS MLA’s attack was triggered by his inability to respond to a question posed by the BJP candidate and demanded the filing of a case against the BRS MLA. He also warned of legal action if the case was not pursued.
Responding to the situation, a BRS spokesperson, Sravan Dasoju, explained that the scuffle arose due to Kuna Srisailam Goud making a reference to the BRS MLA’s father. He emphasized the need for both individuals to maintain decorum during the debate, highlighting that their actions were being closely watched by a global audience.
The altercation occurred during an open debate held in preparation for the Telangana Assembly polls scheduled for November 30.