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Notice to Telangana municipal staff for skipping KTR’s “birthday party”; civic body leader suspended after backlash

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New Delhi: A show cause notice issued to some civic staff in the town of Bellampally for skipping Telangana minister KT Rama Rao’s birthday celebrations sparked a political row, with the opposition asking if the state was turned into a ‘monarchy’ from governance by elected representatives.

Bellampally Town Commissioner G Gangadhar recently issued a show cause notice to some of his employees for not attending Rao’s birthday celebrations in Bellampally town on July 24.

The head of the civic body, in the notice, asked staff members why action should not be taken against them for not attending the event. “You may respond to this memo within 24 hours of receiving it, otherwise disciplinary action will be taken against you,” the memo reads.

Amit Malviya, leader of the BJP and national head of the BJP’s IT unit, Amit Malviya, tweeted on Friday: “The Telangana government has issued a memorandum to the employees asking them to explain why they did not attend the Prince KTR’s birthday party on July 24. Latest news, Telangana still had a government that was elected to serve the people or did it turn into a monarchy, a stronghold of the KCR family?

Following a huge backlash over the notice, the TRS government suspended the City Commissioner for issuing notices to employees.

Rao, also known as KTR, said in a tweet on Friday that he would not encourage such practices and called on senior officials to suspend the civic body chief.

“I am the last person to encourage sycophancy in politics or administration. Read the story of an overenthusiastic town commissioner who sent a note to his subordinates for not attending my birthday celebrations! I asked @cdmatelangana to suspend the MC for his absurd behavior,” KTR tweeted.