Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday criticised the UPA government of failing to control its MPs and ministers who caused pandemonium during the passage of the Telangana Bill. Accusing Congress of delaying the Bill, which triggered massive protest in and outside Parliament, Swaraj said she was shocked to see the unruly scene. “Why couldn’t you control your MPs & ministers? We created three new states and there was no pandemonium in the House,” Swaraj said. She also assured people of Seemandhra that if BJP comes to power, it will ensure that justice is done to the region.
She also addressed in Telugu the youth of Telangana who had threatened to commit suicide if the State was not bifurcated. “Telangana kosam, balidanam bahu, Telangana chuddaniki, bratkali, bratkali (Don’t commit suicide for creation of Telangana, stay alive to see Telangana). Swaraj also quipped that once the Bill is passed, members will give all the credit to Sonia Gandhi but they should not forget her and other BJP leaders who, she said, have been supporting the movement for a very long time. “If you remember Sonia Amma, then also remember this Chinnama (little mother). We are not in the race of taking credit. We are support the Bill because it was promised by our senior leaders,” Swaraj said.
Her comments, however, did not go down well with an emotional Jaipal Reddy, who made it clear that the credit goes only to Sonia Gandhi.