VIJAYAWADA: A day after actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan said there was no need for implementation of Section 8 and made scathing remarks on the functioning of MPs from AP, Union minister of state Sujana Chowdary and two Telugu Desam MPs mounted a counter-attack saying there was no need for the actor to talk on Sec 8 and much less to question and insult them.
The three leaders were angry with Pawan Kalyan for his disparaging remarks that one should either attack like KCR or take the humiliation like Andhra MPs. They were also upset with his remarks that businessmen had entered politics to protect their interests and not to espouse the cause of the people.
In Delhi, Sujana Chowdary said there was no need for Pawan Kalyan to say that there was no need for invocation of Section 8 of the AP Reorganisation Act (which gives power to governor on law and order in Hyderabad). “Governor ESL Narasimhan would take a decision on when to invoke the section depending on the situation,” Sujana Chowdary said.
Referring to Pawan Kalyn’s jibes that businessmen should not enter politics, he said, “Nowhere in the constitution has it been said that businessmen should not come into public life. He reminded the Jana Sena chief that his brother Chiranjeevi too was doing “business” and yet he was a minister during Congress regime and now an MP.” There was nothing wrong if one was in business and earned money legally, he said.
Vijayawada and Machilipatnam MPs Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) and Konakalla Narayana said no ‘ally’ behaves the way Pawan Kalyan did. “Why are you against Sec 8. Is tapping phones of the Andhra CM, ministers and officials by the TRS government not a law and order problem? Is demolishing houses of Andhra people in Hyderabad on one pretext or other not a law and order problem? When we are insisting on a small concession incorporated in the AP Reorganisation Act, which was prepared by the Union Cabinet in which your brother was minister, why are you against it? If you think you have a right to question us, we too have a right to question you,” Nani said.
Speaking to newsmen in Vijayawada, both the MPs said the Jana Sena chief has no right to question them and insult them. “How can a person, who wakes up once in six months and addresses a press conference can mortgage our self-respect at the feet of KCR. If not for protecting his and his brothers’ properties and ensuring smooth running of their films, what else could be the objective of such comments? For his self-interest and to be in the good books of KCR, should the image of Seemandhra MPs be tarnished?” Srinivas demanded to know. Describing Pawan’s comments as immature, Machilipatnam MP K Narayana said Pawan has no right to make such comments.