JANGAON: Supporters of ruling TRS Station Ghanpur MLA T Rajaiah and former state SC/ST Commission member R Pratap clashed with each other and even hurled stones during subsidised tractor pooja programme held at Chilpur mandal headquarters in Jangaon district on Saturday. Police had to resort to baton charge to disburse the two warring groups.
It all started when Pratap, who has differences with sitting MLA Rajaiah, along with his supporters reached Chipurgutta Temple to perform pooja of subsidised tractors which his supporters received and to thank chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for sanctioning the tractors.
However, as he reached the temple, its managing committee members did not allow him into the temple premises and forced them to perform the pooja below the hillock where the temple is situated. An agitated Pratap and his supporters staged a protest. Soon, a few villagers gathered and started arguing with Pratap’s supporters. In the meantime, Rajaiah’s supporters reached the spot and wanted to know as to why local MLA was not invited for programme. The arguments later snowballed into fist fight.