Dharmana unlikely to attend Assembly session

Published: 16th September 2012 11:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2012 11:19 AM   |  A+A-


Roads and buildings minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, whose resignation is pending with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, is likely to skip the monsoon session of the state Assembly which will begin on Monday.

 According to sources close to the minister, the minister has almost decided to skip the session as he thinks his presence in the House might provide the opposition another chance to attack the government and him.

 As the special court for CBI cases summoned him to appear before it on September 25, the minister is of the opinion that it is better for him to stay away from the Assembly session.

 When Express wanted to know from him if he would be attending the monsoon session, he said he had not yet made up his mind on the matter.

 It is mandatory for every legislator to attend every session of the Assembly at least once. MLAs can skip a session only when they are abroad or fall sick, that too after taking speaker’s permission.

 A close aide of Dharmana divulged that the minister was expecting a statement from the chief minister that he was innocent.

 ‘’If the chief minister makes a statement saying that Dharmana is not guilty, then only will the minister attend the Assembly session,” said the source.

 Meanwhile, the issuance of summons to Dharmana by the CBI special court asking him to appear before it on September 25 in connection with the Vanpic land allotments case seems to have jolted the minister.

 He has been holding discussions with his legal advisers at his residence in MLA Quarters at Banjara Hills here for the past two days.

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