Slugging it out
The all-party meeting on Telangana last week saw a fiery exchange between MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. The two have been at loggerheads since the expansion of the Bhagya Lakshmi temple that is located at the base of Hyderabad’s famous Charminar monument. The expansion had prompted Owaisi to withdraw his party’s support to the Congress in the state and the UPA at the Centre. At the all-party meeting, Owaisi took the opportunity to attack Reddy and at one point the two were heard shouting at each other. Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had to intervene to control the situation by asking Owaisi to confine his speech to Telangana and Reddy to listen patiently.