HYDERABAD: Tension prevailed for some time when ‘Telangana’ and ‘Andhra’ members of APNGOs Association got into a heated argument over playing of ‘Bathukamma’ at APNGO Home, the headquarters of Andhra Pradesh Non Gazetted Officers’ Association, here on Thursday.
At around 5 pm, women members of APNGOs hailing from Telangana arrived at APNGO Home to play Bathukamma. With the gates closed, they wanted to break the lock to enter. But with the police being present there, some of them sneaked in through a side entrance and fetched the keys to open the gates.
When they entered the premises, APNGO members hailing from Andhra objected to the way the others had forced their way into the premises and a heated argument ensued soon. Asserting that they too had the same right as members from other group to use the premises, the Telangana members went about playing Bathukamma.
APNGO city president PVV Satyanarayana said City EC meeting was scheduled to be held at APNGO Home on Thursday but, with the state president and general secretary being out of town, it had to be postponed. ‘’Those belonging to Telangana had come prepared to play Bathukamma. We had never objected to it but only wanted them to have the programme on another day when women members of APNGO from Andhra too can participate. But they did what they wanted,’’ he said.