Suspended Lok Sabha member from Anakapalle Sabbam Hari said that efforts were on to procure the video clippings of Thursday’s unsavoury incidents in the Lok Sabha and put them before the public on Monday so that the nation could see whether the suspended Seemandhra MPs were the perpetrators of violence as being made out or actually the victims who have come under attack of other MPs. AICC president Sonia Gandhi is acting in a dictatorial way with regard to the state bifurcation issue.
Addressing a media conference here on Saturday, he alleged that the Lok Sabha speaker had behaved in an unconstitutional manner and helped the Congress by announcing that the AP Reorganisation Bill had been introduced in the House without circulating it and without considering three no-confidence motions sought to be moved.
Calling party chief Sonia Gandhi a dictator, he said he and other Seemandhra MPs failed to understanding why Sonia Gandhi had developed grudge against Andhra Pradesh, the state which had helped UPA-2 come to power by giving the Congress most number of MPs. Some Congress ministers and party senior leaders like Digvijaya Singh were blindly following the diktats of Sonia Gandhi and going ahead with the bifurcation moves despite the fact that the majority of the people in Andhra Pradesh were against division of the state, he alleged.
“As people’s representatives we have a constitutional right to register protest and express the feelings of the people in Parliament. Instead of acting against the Congress MPs from other states who have attacked us and prevented us from exercising our constitutional rights in the house, the speaker suspended us in an undemocratic way.”
He hoped that the Seemandhra MPs would succeed in blocking the passage of the Bill in Parliament and reiterated that he still stood by his threat to commit suicide, if necessary, to stop the bill from being passed.
On Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal using pepper spray in the house, Hari said Rajagopal had been carrying the pepper spray with him for nearly two years now and he had to use it only to defend himself from the other state MPs, who, with the support of the Congress high command, had assaulted him.